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Hungary's Schmitt won't quit over plagarism

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Hungary's Schmitt won't quit over plagarism

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Hungarian President Pal Schmitt has refused to resign over a plagiarism scandal.

The 69-year-old was stripped of his doctorate on Thursday after he was found to have copied large parts of his thesis.

But he told Hungarian television on Friday that there was no link between the row and his role as head of state.

He also said Budapest’s Semmelweis University had not contacted him over the past 20 years about the allegations.

Schmitt also offered to write a new draft of his thesis on the Olympic Games.

Earlier on Friday, a small group of protesters from the centre-left LMP party held a demonstration outside the presidential palace calling on him to go.

Schmitt can be removed by a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

The governing Fidesz party — of which Schmitt is a member — already holds nearly two thirds of seats in Hungary’s national assembly.