Slovak PM Robert Fico’s condition and governance updates post-assassination attempt

Robert Fico
Robert Fico

The condition of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico after the assassination attempt remains serious but stable, the Slovak agency Aktuality reported on May 18.

The country's Minister of Health, Zuzana Dolinková, said that the operation on May 17, which lasted two hours, "contributed to a positive prognosis for the development of the prime minister's health condition." The morning consultation assessed the premier's health as stable, but still serious.

Fico's transfer to Bratislava or abroad will not be possible in the coming days, according to the country's Defense Minister Robert Kaliňák.

"I cannot find words of gratitude for the fact that we are approaching a positive prognosis," he said.

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“His condition allows him to recover, the prime minister is conscious, of course, with all the restrictions that such a serious injury imposes.”

Kaliňák also explained how the governance of the state would look like during Fico's hospitalization.

The government will continue to work according to the program. Next week, there will be at least two Cabinet meetings, one standard and one special, on negotiations on the Euro funds. He emphasized that the deadline for submitting laws to parliament is approaching, and the state must continue to function.

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The coalition has all the powers necessary to ensure the functioning of the state, Kaliňák added.

"The deputy prime ministers are responsible for this, whether it is signing laws or other things, we have all these powers at our disposal," the minister said.

Assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico

Slovak PM Fico was shot on the afternoon of May 15.

Fico approached people in the street, after which several shots were fired and the politician fell to the ground.

The incident occurred in Handlová, about 93 miles from Bratislava.

Fico was in serious condition, but not in immediate life-threatening danger. He sustained two to three gunshot wounds, possibly in his limbs, chest, and abdomen, with around five shots fired in total, Plus One Day media reported.

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Photos of the suspect surfaced later, leading to the arrest of 71-year-old Juraj Cintula, an author and supporter of the opposition party Progressive Slovakia.

The shooter expressed his discontent with the Slovak government's policies, Denník N and Refresher medias reported.

Doctors performed surgery on Fico on the night of May 16, ensuring his condition was stabilized and not life-threatening.

Fico regained consciousness after another surgery on May 17, Denník N reported.

Slovak police indicted the man who tried to kill Prime Minister Robert Fico on May 16. He faces life in prison. He was to appear in court on May 18.

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