Activists demand resignation of Hungary’s president who lost doctorate due to plagiarism

BUDAPEST, Hungary – A few dozen activists are camping out outside the offices of Hungary’s president demanding his resignation after he was stripped of his doctorate because of plagiarism.

Activists from Politics Can Be Different, the smallest opposition party in Parliament, set up tents outside the Sandor Palace on Friday and are vowing to stay until President Pal Schmitt resigns.

Schmitt’s 1992 doctorate was revoked by Semmelweis University on Thursday because his thesis about the Olympics was mostly copied from other authors and did not meet professional and ethical standards.

A Schmitt aide says the president will “answer all questions” in an evening interview on state television.

Schmitt was elected by Parliament for a five-year term in 2010.