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Hungarian President Resigns over Pardon of Child Sex Abuse Accomplice

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Hungarian President Resigns over Pardon of Child Sex Abuse Accomplice

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungary’s conservative president has resigned amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government.

Katalin Novák, 46, announced in a televised message on Saturday that she would step down from the presidency, an office she has held since 2022.

Protesters holding placards take part in a rally in Budapest in front of the Presidental offices on February 9, 2024, against Hungarian President Katalin Novak for secretly pardoning a criminal accomplice of a convicted child abuser. (Photo by Ferenc ISZA / AFP) (Photo by FERENC ISZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters holding placards take part in a rally in Budapest in front of the Presidental offices on February 9, 2024, against Hungarian President Katalin Novak for secretly pardoning a criminal accomplice of a convicted child abuser. (Photo by Ferenc ISZA / AFP) (Photo by FERENC ISZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Her decision came after more than a week of public outrage after it was revealed that she issued a presidential pardon in April 2023 to a man convicted of hiding a string of child sexual abuses in a state-run children’s home.

“I issued a pardon that caused bewilderment and unrest for many people,” Novák said on Saturday. “I made a mistake.”

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