“Lai Ching-te’s presidency will be almost like that of his predecessor”

“Lai Ching-te’s presidency will be almost like that of his predecessor”
“Lai Ching-te’s presidency will be almost like that of his predecessor”

AFP

Attack against Fico in Slovakia: prognosis on “positive” state of health, suspect in custody

The state of health of the head of the Slovak government Robert Fico, who was the target of an assassination attempt, is evolving in a “positive” direction, the Slovak Minister of Health announced on Saturday, while the sniper has been placed in pre-trial detention by a court.Mr. Fico has been hospitalized since Wednesday, when a man opened fire on him, hitting him several times, including in the abdomen. He underwent a five-hour operation on Wednesday and another, shorter one, on Friday, all two in a hospital in the town of Banska Bystrica in central Slovakia.”Yesterday’s surgery, which lasted two hours, contributed to a positive prognosis for the Prime Minister’s state of health,” who “is stable but remains serious”, Minister Zuzana Dolinkova told the press on Saturday. The assailant, identified by Slovak media as the 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, fired five shots at Robert Fico , hitting him four times. His detention was ordered because “there are fears of a potential escape or that the criminal activity will continue,” Katarina Kudjakova, spokesperson for the special criminal court of Pezinok, northeast of the capital Bratislava. The court’s decision follows a petition filed on Friday by the prosecutor who charged the suspect with attempted premeditated murder. The shooting occurred as Mr. Fico greeted his supporters after a government meeting relocated to Handlova, a town in central Slovakia. “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 television channel TA3.- We are not there yet – Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak, Mr. Fico’s closest political ally, told journalists that the latter was conscious. “I don’t think he can be transported to Bratislava in the next few days because his condition is still serious,” he continued. Later in the day, Mr Kalinak told TA3 that Mr Fico had suffered four gunshot wounds, two light, one medium and one serious. He said doctors removed anything potentially infectious from his wounds during Friday’s operation. “It will take four or five days for the body to begin to overcome such injuries but we are not there yet,” underlined Mr. Kalinak, welcoming the good physical form of the head of government, known to be a fan of running and bodybuilding. Mr. Fico, 59, has held his post since his centrist party, Smer-SD, won the legislative elections last fall.- All these lies -Mr. Fico is serving his fourth term as prime minister after campaigning on peace proposals between Russia and Ukraine, a neighboring state of Slovakia, and on stopping military aid to kyiv, which his government subsequently implemented. The assassination attempt deeply shocked Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million inhabitants, member of the European Union and NATO, sharply divided politically since years.The outgoing pro-Western president, Zuzana Caputova, and her successor, Peter Pellegrini, an ally of Mr. Fico who will take office in June, called on their fellow 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.Mr. Kalinak, however, suggested on Saturday that Smer-SD would not participate in this meeting. “They invited the leaders of the political parties and our president (of the party) is in the hands of the doctors,” he explained. Mr. Kalinak said he would call Ms. Caputova on the matter, noting that Slovakia needed “reconciliation” and “peace.” Some Slovak politicians have already made accusations against their opponents, accusing them of having been at the origin of the attack.Mr. Kalinak himself criticized opposition politicians and some media on Friday for describing Fico as a criminal, a dictator or a servant of Russian President Vladimir Putin before the assassination attempt. “All these lies are the main reason why Robert Fico is fighting for his life today,” he said in a message published on the Smer-SD website.frj/bo/bds

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