Hungarian President Katalin Novak Resigns | Government News

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The announcement comes after an uproar over Novak’s pardon of a man convicted of child sexual abuse.

The President of Hungary, Katalin Novak, has resigned.

Novak announced her resignation Saturday after coming under intense pressure to pardon a man convicted of being an accomplice for helping to cover up a case of sexual abuse in a children’s home.

“I made a mistake… This is the last day I will talk to you as President,” she said in a speech broadcast on state television.

At least 1,000 people protested in the nation’s capital on Friday calling for her resignation. Hungary’s opposition parties had also called for her to resign.

Novak decided to pardon about two dozen people in April 2023, before the visit of Pope Francis, including the deputy director of a children’s home who helped the former director of the home hide his crimes.

She had said on Tuesday that she would never forgive a pedophile, including this case. She said the reason behind her decision was not public and that all pardons were divisive in nature.

Novak is a friend and former family minister of Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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