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Five-hour surgery may have saved Slovakian PM Robert Fico

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 10:40:30 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 10:40:30

The prime minister was shot in an attack with ‘a clear political motivation’ on Wednesday Jan Kroslà ¡k Robert Fico’s condition has stabilised but is still “very serious” after the pro-Russian prime minister of Slovakia was shot multiple times by an assassin

The prime minister was shot in an attack with ‘a clear political motivation’ on Wednesday

: Jan Kroslà ¡k

Robert Fico’s condition has stabilised but is still “very serious” after the pro-Russian prime minister of Slovakia was shot multiple times by an assassin.

“During the night doctors managed to stabilise the patient’s condition,” said Robert Kalinak, the deputy prime minister.

He added, “Unfortunately the condition is still very serious as the injuries are complicated.”

Mr Fico was shot multiple times by a 71-year-old man at about 2.50pm local time as he greeted a crowd after a government meeting in the Western town of Handlova.

The populist, 59 was airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery and was operated on for several hours. Sources said that at one point doctors were struggling to find the source of internal bleeding.

After fighting for his life, Mr Fico was reported to have regained consciousness after the lengthy operation on his stomach.

Slovakia’s environment minister Tomas Taraba told the BBC he believed Mr Fico “will survive” and is no longer in a life-threatening situation.

“I was very shocked ... fortunately as far as I know the operation went welland I guess in the end he will survive ... he’s not in a life threatening situation at this moment,” he said late on Wednesday.

The gunman, named locally as Juraj Cintula, was arrested at the scene. It has emerged that, as well as expressing hatred for Mr Fico, the published poet has past links to a pro-Russian group.

Mr Fico was elected for a fourth term as prime minister last year after campaigning on the platform of ending weapons donations to Ukraine.

He has also railed against Western sanctions in a country which is an EU and Nato member but has deep distrust of the military alliance.

The Kremlin on Thursday condemned the assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and wished him a speedy recovery after he was shot when leaving a government meeting.

“Naturally, we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Izvestia newspaper. “We consider it absolutely unacceptablethis is really a great tragedy.”

“We hope that Mr Fico will be able to pull through and recover as soon as possible. We wish him a speedy recovery,” hev said.

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