Hungarian President resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

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Hungarian President resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

Catalin Novak, 46, announced in a televised message on Saturday that she would resign as Hungary’s president, a post she has held since 2022.

conservative president of Hungary, Katalin Novak, The 46-year-old resigned amid a public outcry over her granting of clemency to a man convicted in a child abuse case, a decision that caused an unprecedented political scandal for the nationalist government.

According to the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), amnesty refers to when a government waives a punishment, in whole or in part.

In this context, Novak announced in a televised message this Saturday that he would resign from the presidency, a position he has held since 2022.

The April 2023 revelations of a presidential pardon for a man convicted of covering up a series of sexual abuse of minors at a state home for orphans sparked widespread outrage.

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“I issued an apology that caused confusion and concern for a lot of people,” Novak said Saturday. “I made a mistake”.

The man was sentenced to more than three years in prison in 2018 for helping the institution’s director conceal sexual abuse. Sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing at least 10 children between 2004 and 2016.

Novak, who was issued a pardon along with two dozen others on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit in April 2023, initially denied wrongdoing and rejected demands for a formal explanation.

All opposition parties demanded Novak’s resignation and the largest initiated proceedings for ethics violations in parliament.

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On Thursday, a Democratic Alliance MLA gave a letter to the representatives Catholic Church in Hungary so they can spread it To Pope Francis, According to which Novak committed an “act of sin” by granting pardon on the occasion of the pontiff’s visit.

Lawmaker Olga Kalman said the pardon cleared the asylum’s former deputy director’s record, allowing him to work with children.

“This pardon means that from now on, he has no criminal record and is not prohibited from running his own business. With the pardon, he can return to work in a home for orphans,” Kallman said.

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