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Resignation of Hungarian President Katalin Novák Amidst Abuse Pardon Scandal

Hungarian President Katalin Novák resigns amidst a scandal involving a child sexual abuse pardon, sparking political turmoil. Novák's controversial decision led to public outrage, revealing vulnerabilities within the ruling Fidesz party. The resignation reflects broader concerns about democratic institutions in Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's leadership.

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Hungarian President Katalin Novák tendered her resignation on Saturday following a public outcry over a pardon she granted in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that stirred significant controversy. Novák, who held the presidency since 2022, announced her departure in a televised address.

The scandal erupted when it was disclosed that Novák had issued a pardon in April 2023 to a man convicted of concealing child sexual abuses in a state-run children's home. This revelation triggered more than a week of intense public backlash, prompting Novák to acknowledge her mistake.

Her resignation marks a rare instance of political instability for Hungary's ruling nationalist party, Fidesz, which has dominated the country's political landscape since 2010. Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Fidesz has faced accusations of undermining democratic norms and consolidating power.

Novák, a prominent Fidesz member and advocate for traditional family values, served as the Minister for Families before assuming the presidency. Despite being the first female president in Hungary's history, her tenure ended abruptly due to the scandal surrounding the controversial pardon.

The individual pardoned by Novák was initially sentenced in 2018 for pressuring victims to retract allegations of sexual abuse. Novák expressed regret for her decision, apologizing to those affected and acknowledging her failure to uphold justice.

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Judit Varga, another influential Fidesz figure who endorsed the pardon, also faced scrutiny. Varga announced her resignation from public life, assuming political responsibility for her role in the controversy.

Despite initial protests calling for Novák's resignation, some believe her departure does not address deeper issues within Hungary's political system. While Orbán's Fidesz maintains significant support, criticisms persist regarding its relationship with the Kremlin and its handling of key international matters.

In response to Novák and Varga's resignations, Fidesz's parliamentary delegation expressed gratitude for their service, suggesting the party aims to navigate the fallout and maintain stability in the face of growing scrutiny.

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