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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s Condition is “very Serious” After He Was Shot

Deputy Prime Minister Kalinak says Fico is stable following surgery after he was shot five times in an assassination attempt.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable but his condition remains “very serious,” his deputy said, after an assassination attempt that shocked the country and drew global condemnation.

Fico, 59, was shot five times in downtown Handlova on Wednesday. He was in critical condition and had to undergo emergency surgery lasting several hours.

“During the night, doctors managed to stabilize the patient’s condition,” Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, the condition is still very serious as the injuries are complicated,” said Kalinak, who is also defense minister.

After the attack, a meeting of the State Security Council is planned for Thursday. The suspected attacker, a 71-year-old writer, was taken into custody.

Environment Minister Tomas Taraba told the BBC on Thursday the operation “went well”. He said one bullet went through Fico’s stomach and the second hit a joint during the attack after Fico left a government meeting.

The shooting was “politically motivated,” Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok said on Wednesday.

“This assassination attempt [attempt] was politically motivated and the perpetrator’s decision was made shortly after the presidential election,” said Sutaj Estok, referring to an April election won by Fico’s ally Peter Pellegrini.

Pellegrini called the attack an “unprecedented threat to Slovak democracy.”

“If we express different political opinions in squares and not in polling stations, we endanger everything we have built together over 31 years of Slovak sovereignty,” Pellegrini said.

A man is arrested after Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times in Handlova, Slovakia [File: Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters]

After the attack, Fico was taken to a hospital in Handlova but was taken by helicopter to the regional capital Banska Bystrica for urgent treatment.

Russia said it viewed the attack as “completely unacceptable.”

“This is really a great tragedy,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Fico’s European counterparts, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, condemned the shooting and wished him a full recovery.

The country of 5.4 million people has seen a polarized political debate in recent years, including last year’s presidential election that helped Fico consolidate his power.

Since returning as prime minister last October, his government has scaled back support for Ukraine while opening dialogue with Russia, trying to ease penalties for corruption and building public broadcaster RTVS despite calls to protect media freedoms , around.

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