March 30, 2012 / 6:45 PM / 8 years ago

Embattled Hungarian president vows to stay on: TV

Hungarian President Pal Schmitt attends a signing cooperation between the minorities in Szentgotthard March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian President Pal Schmitt said on Friday there was no link between a plagiarism row that cost him his doctorate and his role as head of state, pledging to defend his honor by writing a new thesis.

“These issues are not related in my view, even though many interpret it this way,” the 69-year-old Schmitt said in a taped interview on television when asked whether he had considered resigning over the issue.

Opposition parties say cheating makes him unworthy of the job. The main right-leaning daily Magyar Nemzet and influential conservative intellectuals have also called for him to quit.

Schmitt was stripped of his doctorate on Thursday.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs and Sandor Peto; Editing by Louise Ireland

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