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Child abuse scandal rattles Orban's image as defender of ‘family values'

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is facing a scandal after it was revealed that its president had pardoned a man convicted of covering up sexual abuse at a children’s home. The president resigned amid public outrage over the decision. Orban has portrayed himself as a defender of Christian values and an opponent of liberalism but critics argue that his governance serves to enrich a small group of oligarchs. The scandal has damaged the reputation of Orban’s party and may impact Hungary’s influence in Brussels. Protests have been staged, and the government is trying to shift the blame onto others.