Slovak PM’s situation ‘stays very severe’ – deputy — RT World Information

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico stays in severe situation after surviving an assassination try, his deputy Robert Kalinak stated on Saturday. 

Fico was attacked on Wednesday within the central Slovak metropolis of Handlova. When he approached a bunch of spectators, one particular person pulled out a handgun and shot the politician a number of instances at shut vary. Fico was instantly rushed to the hospital, and the assailant was detained on the spot. 

Kalinak, who additionally serves as protection minister, spoke to the information channel TA3 outdoors the Roosevelt Hospital in Banska Bystrica, the place Fico is being handled. He remained cautiously optimistic in regards to the prime minister’s restoration. 

“He’s in steady situation, however the 4 gunshot wounds have brought on intensive accidents,” Kalinak stated. He added that Fico had undergone extra surgical procedure, and that there nonetheless might be problems. “In any case, his situation could be very severe.”

Kalinak stated that he had a short dialog with the prime minister within the hospital, and thanked the medical doctors and the Slovak public to their help. “I ask everybody for just a little bit extra persistence and a powerful perception that the whole lot will flip from unhealthy to good,” he stated. 

The authorities recognized the suspect as a 71-year-old former safety guard named Juraj Cintula. He was positioned in pre-detention on Saturday. 

Though the suspect’s precise motives stay unclear, the federal government believes that the assault was politically motivated. Many main politicians have linked the assassination try to “hateful rhetoric” and the politically charged local weather within the nation.

Fico is a polarizing determine within the EU as a consequence of his place relating to the battle in Ukraine. The politician has repeatedly urged in opposition to additional escalation with Russia and suspended the deliveries of weapons to Kiev.

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