The president of Hungary, Katalin Novak, resigned on Saturday (10) following pressure for granting a pardon to a man who had helped cover up cases of sexual abuse in a children’s home. The revelation of the pardon was reported by a local news website about a week ago. The disclosure of this fact led to both the President of Hungary and the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, resigning.
It’s important to note that the presidency is not considered a central position in Hungary, as the prime minister is considered the head of state, a position currently occupied by Viktor Orban, an ally of the hitherto Hungarian president since 2010.
Katalin Novak has stated that she “made a mistake” and that her decision to grant the pardon in April was made because she believed that the convict did not abuse the vulnerability of the children he supervised. The man had been sentenced to more than three years in prison in 2018 after being found guilty of pressuring the victims to drop the charges.
The president’s decision to resign came after popular pressure and opposition parties’ pressure this week.