Hungarian President, Katalin Novak has resigned.
Novak made the announcement of her resignation on Saturday, February 10, on the state Television.
The President’s decision to step down came in response to public pressure, as citizens demanded accountability for pardoning an individual convicted as an accomplice in covering up a sex abuse case at a children’s home.
During the live Broadcast she said, “I made a mistake … Today is the last day that I address you as a President.”
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.
She had said on Tuesday that she would never pardon a paedophile, including in this case. She said the reason behind her decision was not public and all pardons were divisive by their nature.