Hungarian President Katalin Novak revealed her resignation on Saturday amidst public outcry in the Central European nation over the decision to pardon a man involved in a child sexual abuse case.
“I am resigning my post,” said the close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, acknowledging that she had made “a mistake”.
“I apologise to those who I hurt and all the victims who may have had the impression that I did not support them. I am, I was and I will remain in favour of protecting children and families,” Novak, 46, said.
Novak, previously serving as a minister for family policy, made history in March 2022 by becoming the first woman to assume the predominantly ceremonial position of president.
The controversy erupted when a pardon was granted last April during Pope Francis’s visit to Budapest to a former deputy director of a children’s home who was involved in covering up sexual abuse by his superior against children and teenagers.
Following the revelation of this decision by the independent news site 444 last week, the opposition in the country has been demanding Novak’s resignation.
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