AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ King Hussein announced Saturday that the country's first general elections since 1967 will be delayed at least two years.

Parliament voted 19 months ago to expand the legislative body from 60 seats to 142, creating the need for elections, but no date was set. The measure sent politicians scrambling to seek support and form alliances. Formal parties remain banned under Jordan's 20-year-old martial law.

Hussein's statement said, ''In practice ... the government has found that the time was too short between the enacting of the new election law and its implementation.''

The last general election was held shortly before Israel captured the West Bank of the Jordan River and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War. The captured regions held half of Jodran's parliamentary districts.

Parliament was suspended in 1974. The king revived Parliament in 1984, but the body has remained highly compliant to government proposals.