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Plagiarism pressure mounts on Hungarian president

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Beleaguered Hungarian President, Pal Schmitt, has repeated his refusal to step down over a plagiarism scandal – a day after hundreds gathered in Budapest demanding he go.

The row has prompted a rare show of unity amongst Hungary’s opposition from the socialists and greens to the far right.

The country’s most unpopular post-communist president insists the accusations that caused him to be stripped of his 1992 doctorate have nothing to do with his role as head of state.

The opposition says it will initiate the impeachment of Schmitt in parliament – a move that would force the government to defend the president and be dragged into the scandal too.