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Hungarian president Katalin Novak resigns after pardoning man in child sex abuse case

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Katalin Novak, 46, issued the presidential pardon in April 2023

Katalin Novak, 46, issued the presidential pardon in April 2023. She is a key ally of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and has been a vocal advocate of "traditional family values".

Saturday 10 February 2024 19:41, UK

Hungary's president has been forced to resign after she pardoned a man convicted of concealing child sex abuse at a state-run children's home.

Katalin Novak, 46, issued the presidential pardon in April 2023, but it has only come to light in recent days.

After protests across the country, Ms Novak said on Saturday: "I issued a pardon that caused bewilderment and unrest for many people. I made a mistake."

Ms Novak is a key ally of Hungary's right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban.

She was the first woman to become president when she assumed the role in 2022and the youngest person in the country's history.

The convict in the case was sentenced to more than three years in prison in 2018 after he pressured victims of the director of the children's home into silence.

The head of the organisation was jailed for eight years for abusing at least 10 children between 2004 and 2016.

The scandal also implicated the former justice minister Judit Varga, who endorsed the president's decision at the time.

In a Facebok post on Saturday, Ms Varga said she would also step downand "retire from public life, resigning my seat as a member of parliament and also as leader of the EP list".

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Ms Novak's Fidesz party, which has been in power since 2010, is facing turmoil as leader Mr Orban fends off allegations of electoral rigging and media censorship.

She has been a strong supporter of his and has been a vocal advocate of "traditional family values" and the protection of children.

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