Hungarian Parliament Approved President’s Resignation

The Hungarian parliament unanimously approved President Katalin Novak’s resignation, writes the EFE news agency.

« The resignation was approved with 196 votes in favor and not a single vote against, » according to EFE.

Later, the parliament chose Tamas Sulyok, the head of the Constitutional Court, as the next president of the country.

Novak announced her retirement on February 10 in response to public outcry over her choice to pardon a man found guilty in an instance of child sex abuse.

According to a report by Hungary Today, Novak stated that she « made the decision to grant the pardon believing the convict had not abused his position working with children. » « I was mistaken, » admitted Novak.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared he would put forth a constitutional reform regarding the pardoning process that would bar criminals convicted of crimes involving the abuse of children.

source: efe.com

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