Hungarian President Katalin Novak has stepped down after facing criticism over her decision to grant a pardon to a man convicted of sexual abuse in a children’s home. The move came after the president was pressured by local media and opposition parties, who called for her resignation.
Novak had previously stated that she believed the convict did not take advantage of the vulnerability of the children he supervised. However, following public outcry, she acknowledged her error and offered her resignation.
The presidency in Hungary is not as significant as the prime minister position, which is held by Viktor Orban. Orban has been in power since 2010 and is an ally of the former Hungarian president. The resignation of Novak marks yet another challenge for Orban’s government, which has faced criticism over its handling of corruption and human rights violations.