The first female President in the history of Hungary announced her resignation from power through a television message. “I issued a pardon that caused perplexity and concern for many people. I made a mistake,” Novak said over the weekend. The president’s decision triggered an unprecedented political scandal for the long-standing nationalist government of the Fidesz party. It is a rare episode of turmoil for the right-wing party, which, under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, has been accused of dismantling democratic institutions and manipulating the press in its favor. Forty-six-year-old Katalin Novak has governed Hungary for almost two years.

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