TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's rival political parties have set themselves a Jan. 14 deadline to adopt a new constitution, the first since the country overthrew a dictator and unleashed revolts around the Arab world.
The constitution is meant to end months of political crisis in Tunisia prompted by the killing of two opposition leaders. A group of 21 parties, including the governing Islamists and opposition movements, has been trying to finalize the charter and set a calendar for presidential and parliamentary elections.
The group's spokesman Mohamed Mahfoudh said late Monday that they have set a deadline of Jan. 14 to do so. That date will mark three years since a popular uprising forced out Tunisia's longtime president.
Tunisia's transition to democracy is being watched in other Arab countries.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.