Hungarian President Katalin Novak has resigned.
Novak announced her resignation on Saturday after coming under mounting pressure for pardoning a man convicted as an accomplice for helping cover up a sex abuse case in a children’s home.
“I made a mistake … Today is the last day that I address you as a President,” she said in a speech broadcast on state television
At least 1,000 people protested in the country’s capital on Friday demanding her resignation. Hungarian opposition parties had also demanded she leave office.
Novak decided to pardon some two dozen people in April 2023, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, among them the deputy director of a children’s home who helped the former director of the home hide his crimes.
Novak is an ally and former family minister of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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