In a televised address on Saturday, Hungary’s President Katalin Novák announced her resignation due to her decision to pardon a man convicted of covering up a sex abuse case at a children’s home. The controversial move has put a strain on Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán.
Novák stated in her address, “I made a mistake,” and issued an apology to any victims who felt she had not stood with them. The pardon was granted last year but only came to the public’s attention in recent days.
The issue was widely reported on by local news site 444.hu, which sparked outrage and calls for Novák to step down from Hungary’s opposition. The controversy surrounding the pardon has created a significant challenge for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as it highlights the government’s stance on sexual abuse and its handling of such cases.