Hungarian President Novák resigns amid backlash following his controversial decision

Hungarian President Katalin Novák resigned following public outcry over her pardon of a man convicted of sexual abuse

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Hungarian President Katalin Novák resigned following public outcry over her pardon of a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sex abuse case.

Novák, 46, announced today in a televised message that he will step down as President of the Republic, a post he has held since 2022.

Novák’s decision comes after it was revealed that he had issued a ‘pardon order’ for a man convicted in April 2023 of concealing a series of sexual abuses against children in a state-owned children’s home. Hungarian public opinion has been debating this pardon for more than a week.

“I issued an amnesty that caused surprise and unrest in many people. I made a mistake,” President Novák said.

Opposition parties in Hungary had demanded Novák’s resignation this week.

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