Slovakia’s prime minister now not in life-threatening situation after assassination try

May 16, 2024 | blog

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico walks throughout the European Council summit on the EU headquarters in Brussels, on April 18, 2024. 
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Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico is anticipated to outlive a multiple-shot assassination try following surgical procedure, in accordance with the nation’s deputy prime minister.

“Fortunately, as far as I know, the operation went well, and I guess that at the end he will survive,” Tomas Taraba informed BBC Newshour. “At this moment, the state of the operation should be that he’s not in a life-threatening situation.”

The Slovakian premier’s situation has stabilized however stays severe, Reuters cited a hospital official as saying on Thursday.

No different official replace on Fico’s situation has been circulated. CNBC has reached out to the Slovakian Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fico, 59, was gravely wounded on Wednesday after being shot a number of instances following a political occasion within the Slovak city of Handlova. He was transported by helicopter to a close-by hospital in Banska Bystrica for emergency remedy, in accordance with his official Facebook web page.

“This was a politically motivated attempt, and it took place shortly after the presidential election,” Slovakian Minister of the Interior Matúš Šutaj Eštok stated at a press briefing, in accordance with translated video footage carried by Sky News.

A suspect has been detained, Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova stated Wednesday in a social media replace.

“The shooting of the prime minister is first and foremost an attack against an attack on a human being – but it’s also an attack on democracy,” she stated in an formally translated video. “The police have arrested the perpetrator and will provide further information when possible.”

Fico has served as prime minister of Slovakia for round 10 years throughout three mandates, heading the Smer (Direction) celebration. He most lately assumed the put up following parliamentary elections in 2023 and in October pledged to cease army assist for Ukraine and to now not endorse additional sanctions towards Russia, Reuters reported.

His administration has additionally proposed a contensious overhaul and state takeover of public broadcaster RTVS, and a extremely controversial modification to the nation’s penal code that may, amongst different measures, remove the particular prosecutors’ workplace that oversees severe crimes.  

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