Hungary’s former president, Katalin Novak, has resigned after being pressured to grant a pardon to a man who had been convicted of sexual abuse at a children’s home. The news was reported by a local news website just over a week ago, leading both the President and the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, to resign in response. It is worth noting that the presidency is not a central position in Hungary; the prime minister, Viktor Orban, is considered the head of state.
Novak has admitted her error in granting the pardon and explained that she made the decision based on her belief that the convict did not exploit the vulnerability of the children he supervised. The man had been sentenced to more than three years in prison in 2018 for pressuring victims to drop charges.
The decision for Novak to resign was due to popular pressure and opposition parties calling for her removal from office. It is important to note that Orban has been Hungary’s prime minister since 2010 and is an ally of the former Hungarian president.