Under Law No 22 of 1999, the decentralisation process was projected to take place in three phases which would take two years to implement:
7 May 1999 to 31 March 2000: Preparing for autonomy;
1 April 2000 to 31 December 2000: organising institutions and setting district regulations (Perda); and
From 1 January 2001: the implementation of regional autonomy, with arrangements being evaluated and monitored until the deadline of 7 May 2001, when everything was supposed to be working smoothly (Dephutbun 1999).
According to the implementing regulations for Law No 22/1999, the 11 fields or sectors to come under district responsibility...