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Updated: January 21, 2010 21:18 IST

Honduras interim leader to step down

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Honduras' interim president Roberto Micheletti
AP Honduras' interim president Roberto Micheletti

Interim President Roberto Micheletti says he will step down immediately, leaving his cabinet in charge a little less than a week before the Central American country’s new leader takes office.

Mr. Micheletti says he is voluntarily withdrawing from the public spotlight “because I do not want to be an obstacle to the new government.”

Mr. Micheletti told a local television station Thursday that he would take a low profile, and meet with cabinet members who will take over day-to-day operations until President-elect Porfirio Lobo takes office next Wednesday.

Mr. Micheletti was named acting president by Congress after President Manuel Zelaya was hustled out of the country in a June 28 coup.

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