Hungary’s first woman president Katalin Novak resigned amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case.
Ms Novák announced in a message televised on Saturday 10 February 2024 that she would step down from the presidency, two years after being elected.
She announced her decision a week after it was revealed that she had pardoned a man jailed for forcing children to retract sexual abuse claims against a director of a state-run children's home.
“I issued a pardon that caused bewilderment and unrest for many people,” Novák apologised. “I made a mistake.”