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Watch: Hungarian president resigns on television for pardoning a man convicted in child sexual abuse case

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.”

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