Bolivian President Eduardo Rodriguez has set December 18 as the new date for national elections postponed because of a dispute over redistricting.

In a public address late Tuesday, President Rodriguez also laid out a plan to settle the redistricting issue. He said House of Deputies seats representing poorer, western provinces would be shifted to wealthier provinces in Santa Cruz.

The Constitutional Court ruled last month that Congress must reapportion its seats to reflect a 2001 census. Last week the electoral court postponed December 4 elections because of the issue.

The election will chose a successor to Mr. Rodriguez, who assumed the presidency in June following Carlos Mesa's resignation.

Mr. Mesa quit after violent protests demanding the nationalization of natural gas and oil resources.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.