Tunisia's elections delayed until Oct. 23

By the Associated Press | June 8, 2011 | 5:28 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister says the country is delaying its first elections since the ouster of the country's longtime autocratic president until Oct. 23.

The elections had earlier been planned for July 24. But Tunisia's electoral commission proposed last month that they be postponed until October to give nascent political movements more time to prepare.

The prime minister announced the delay Wednesday.

The elections are for a constituent assembly meant to write a new constitution and pave the way for legislative and presidential elections.

The uprising in Tunisia earlier this year that drove out President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali sparked revolts around the Arab world.