The former Hungarian president, Katalin Novak, has resigned amid growing pressure from the public and opposition parties to resign following her decision to grant a pardon to a man convicted of covering up cases of sexual abuse in a children’s home. The news was first reported by a local news website about a week ago, which led both the President and the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, to resign in response.
Novak has admitted that she made a mistake in granting the pardon last April based on her belief that the convict did not abuse the vulnerability of the children he supervised. However, this decision has been met with criticism and calls for her resignation from various quarters.
The decision to resign by Novak was prompted by popular pressure and opposition parties calling for her resignation. It’s worth noting that while Orban has been the prime minister since 2010 and is an ally of the former Hungarian president. He has been accused of undermining democratic institutions and cracking down on free speech and press freedom in Hungary.