In recent news, the Hungarian president Katalin Novak has resigned after facing immense pressure to grant a pardon to a man convicted of covering up cases of sexual abuse in a children’s home. This revelation was made public by a local news website just over a week ago, leading to both the President and the Minister of Justice Judit Varga also resigning.
The presidency in Hungary is not considered a central position, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban being seen as the head of state. However, this decision by Novak to grant the pardon has sparked outrage from opposition parties and members of the public alike.
Novak has admitted her mistake in granting the pardon, stating that she based her decision on her belief that the convict did not abuse the vulnerability of the children he supervised. The man had been sentenced to over three years in prison in 2018 after being found guilty of pressuring victims to drop charges.
It seems that popular pressure and calls for resignation from opposition parties were what ultimately led Novak to make this decision. It remains to be seen how this will impact Hungary’s political landscape moving forward.