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Hungary President Katalin Novak resigns over pardon granted to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

Hungary President Katalin Novak resigns over pardon granted to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

Ongoing protests in Hungary, President Katalin Novak resigned from her presidential position, and shortly after her resignation, Hungary's Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, also resigned. Essentially, Novak pardoned an individual who had been convicted in a case involving sexual abuse of a minor girl, which had led to widespread protests throughout Hungary.

Hungary President Katalin Novak resigns over pardon granted to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case
Hungary's President Katalin Novak addressing the Hungarian people on television ( Photo source : 'X'/@KatalinNovak_HU )
 

During the protests, Katalin Novak was on a tour in Qatar, but due to escalating opposition, she returned to Budapest and announced her resignation upon her return. Katalin Novak announced her resignation on Saturday and conveyed her message to the people of Hungary by posting on her official "X" handle, saying "Today I resigned from my office as President of Hungary" She also thanked his friends from all corners of the world. She talk about his country that "Hungary is a wonderfull country with marvelous people, good partner, an even better friends and a reliable ally" she said in his post in "I am glad that in the past years I have worked to raise awareness of this in the world".


In April 2023, while still serving as president, Katalin Novak pardoned, the deputy director of a children's home, who was accused of sexually abusing a minor girl, which was revealed by the local news site 444.hu. Following this revelation, protests against President Katalin Novak began on Friday, forcing her to immediately return from her tour in Qatar and resign from her position.

Minister of Justice also resigned: 

Immediately after President Katalin Novak's resignation, Hungary's Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, also tendered her resignation. In fact, it was Judit Varga who had granted the pardon to the Deputy Director of the children's home.

Viktor Orban prime minister of Hungary

To calm the growing protests in country, Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, had to step in. He promised to review and make changes to the provisions in the constitution regarding pardoning of convicts of child abuse, aiming to pacify the situation. The Prime Minister stated, "There will be no mercy for pedophiles."

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