Honduras' interim president says he will step down temporarily to allow voters to concentrate on the upcoming presidential elections.

Roberto Micheletti says he will step aside ahead of the Nov. 29 election until at least Dec. 2, when Congress is scheduled to vote on whether to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Micheletti did not say who would be in charge of the government during his absence. He was named president by Congress after Zelaya was rousted from his bed by soldiers and flown to Costa Rica on June 28.

Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian Embassy since slipping back into the country on Sept. 21.