The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as head of state. This decision comes after the resignation of Katalin Novak, the President of Hungary, who stepped down amidst pressure for granting a pardon to a man involved in covering up cases of sexual abuse in a children’s home.
The revelation was reported by a local news website about a week ago, leading both the President and the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, to resign in response. It’s worth noting that the presidency is not a central position in Hungary, as the prime minister is considered the head of state.
Novak has acknowledged her mistake in granting the pardon, stating that she made the decision last April based 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 the victims to drop the charges.
The decision to resign by Novak was a result of popular pressure and opposition parties calling for her resignation. It’s important to note that Orban has been the prime minister since 2010 and is an ally of the former Hungarian president.