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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is No Longer in a “life-threatening Situation”

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no longer in a “life-threatening situation” after he was shot multiple times in an assassination attempt, a senior minister said.

As Fico remained in hospital with serious injuries after hours of surgery on Thursday morning, the attempt on his life – the first against a sitting EU leader in more than two decades – continued to reverberate across the continent just three weeks before European elections.

The 59-year-old populist, pro-Russian leader was shot multiple times while greeting people in the town of Handlová, about 120 miles (190 km) from the capital of the central European country Bratislava. This was an attack on some of his allies linked to the country’s intense political polarization.

“Fortunately, as far as I know, the operation went well and I expect that in the end he will survive,” Deputy Prime Minister Tomáš Taraba told the BBC late Wednesday after Fico underwent more than four hours of surgery. “He is not in a life-threatening situation at the moment.”

Taraba said a bullet passed through Fico’s stomach and a second hit a joint, putting the prime minister in what was previously described as a “very critical” situation.

Defense Minister Robert Kaliňák, a close ally of the prime minister, added on Wednesday evening that Fico’s situation was “very complicated” but that we “believe he will be strong enough to overcome this trauma.”

Local media reported that a 71-year-old man with a firearms license was arrested as a suspect in the shooting. Footage of the incident shows the gunman being held at the scene after firing five shots.

The attack has exposed deep political divisions across the 5.4 million EU and NATO member states, where Fico’s election victory in October – signaling his third term as prime minister since 2006 – and his moves to overhaul the country’s justice system sparked public protests have .

“This assassination attempt [attempt] was politically motivated and the perpetrator’s decision was made shortly after the presidential election,” said Interior Minister Matúš Šutaj-Eštok, referring to the April elections won by a Fico ally, Peter Pellegrini.

Andrej Danko, leader of the Slovak National Party, which is part of Fico’s ruling coalition, warned that the attack could herald “a political war.”

But outgoing President Zuzana Čaputová, a liberal and outspoken critic of Fico, called for an end to the caustic statements against politicians.

“The hateful rhetoric we are witnessing leads to hateful actions,” she said in a televised address to the nation. “A physical attack on the prime minister is first and foremost an attack on a person, but also on democracy.”

Čaputová said she was shocked by the “brutal and ruthless” act and wished Fico “a lot of strength to recover at this critical moment.”

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