Hungarian president resigns – level 3

15-02-2024 07:00

Hungarian President Katalin Novak resigned amid controversy over pardoning a man involved in covering up sexual abuse in a children’s home.

Novak’s close ties to Prime Minister Viktor Orban intensified pressure for her resignation, sparking public outcry and opposition demands for accountability. Orban’s political setback comes as Hungary faces economic challenges and European Parliament elections. The scandal led to the resignation of former Justice Minister Judit Varga and prompted Orban to propose a constitutional amendment restricting the president’s pardoning power in cases of child-related crimes. Despite Fidesz’s leading position in polls, the scandal underscores political uncertainty ahead of the upcoming elections.

Difficult words: outcry (a protest), accountability (responsibility), underscore (to emphasize).

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What political implications does the resignation of Hungarian President Katalin Novak and the controversy surrounding her pardoning of a man involved in covering up sexual abuse have ahead of the European Parliament elections?


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