Hungarian President Katalin Novak Resigns Amid Outrage Over Pardoning of Convicted Accomplice in Child Sexual Abuse Case

Hungarian President Katalin Novak has announced her resignation following widespread public outrage over her decision to pardon a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case. The announcement came on Saturday, as Novak faced mounting pressure to step down.

In a speech broadcast on state television, Novak admitted her mistake and stated, “Today is the last day that I address you as a President.” The resignation came after approximately 1,000 people took to the streets of Budapest on Friday, demanding her immediate departure. Opposition parties in Hungary had also called for her resignation.

The controversy stemmed from Novak’s decision to grant pardons to around two dozen individuals in April 2023, just ahead of a visit by Pope Francis. Among those pardoned was the deputy director of a children’s home who had aided the former director in concealing his crimes. Despite her previous assurance that she would never pardon a paedophile, Novak defended her actions by stating that the reasons behind her decision were not public and that all pardons were inherently divisive.

Katalin Novak, a close ally and former family minister of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has faced severe criticism for her role in the pardoning process. The public outcry and protests demanding her resignation ultimately led to her decision to step down.

As the news of Novak’s resignation spreads, the Hungarian political landscape is likely to experience significant shifts. The aftermath of this scandal will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for both the ruling party and the country as a whole.

 

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