Slovak Prime Minister’s doctors are optimistic

Slovak Prime Minister’s doctors are optimistic
Slovak Prime Minister’s doctors are optimistic

The prognosis regarding the state of health of the head of the Slovak government Robert Fico after the assassination attempt is “positive”, the Slovak Minister of Health announced on Saturday. Fico has been hospitalized since Wednesday, when a sniper shot him four times, including in the abdomen. He underwent a five-hour operation on Wednesday and a two-hour operation on Friday, both at a hospital in the town of Banska Bystrica in central Slovakia.

“Yesterday’s surgical intervention, which lasted two hours, contributed to a positive prognosis for the state of health of the Prime Minister,” Minister Zuzana Dolinkova told the press. “The prime minister’s state of health is stable, but it remains serious,” she added. “If the shot had gone a few centimeters higher, it would have hit the prime minister’s liver,” Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok told the TA3 news channel.

Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak, Fico’s closest political ally, said the prime minister was aware. “I don’t think he can be transported to Bratislava in the next few days, because his condition is still serious,” he told reporters.

Also in the morning, the suspect arrived at the Pezinok Criminal Court. The man, identified by Slovak media as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, fired five shots at Fico on Wednesday and hit him four times. A prosecutor requested Friday that the suspect be remanded in custody after being charged with attempted premeditated murder.

The assassination attempt deeply shocked Slovakia, a member of the European Union and NATO, which has already been strongly divided politically for years. The outgoing pro-Western president, Zuzana Caputova, and her successor Peter Pellegrini, a Fico ally, called on their fellow Slovak citizens to refrain from any “confrontation” after the shooting. They called a meeting of all parliamentary party leaders for Tuesday to show unity in the wake of the attack.

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