Hospital director: Fico’s condition stabilised but serious

Robert Fico’s condition is stabilised but remains serious, a hospital director said today, Reuters reported.

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Slovakia’s security council is set to meet this morning to discuss further action following the shock shooting that has been described by officials as the darkest day in the country’s modern history.

As Slovakians commuted to work this morning, many were still grappling with the news of the assassination attempt.

“I don’t have words for this. This should never have happened in the 21st century no matter who you vote for,” said Mária Szabó, a shopkeeper in the capital, Bratislava.

“Our country is heading in the wrong direction,” she added.

Miriam Lapuníková, director of the Roosevelt hospital in Banská Bystrica, said Fico was in surgery for five hours, Aktuality reported.

US condemns shooting in Slovakia

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, said that “the United States condemns the shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Fico.”

“Our thoughts are with him, his family, and the Slovak people, and we wish him a full recovery,” he added.

The United States condemns the shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Fico. Our thoughts are with him, his family, and the Slovak people, and we wish him a full recovery.

— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 15, 2024

Hospital director: Fico’s condition stabilised but serious

Robert Fico’s condition is stabilised but remains serious, a hospital director said today, Reuters reported.

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Fico’s condition still very serious, minister says

Robert Kaliňák, Slovakia’s defence minister, said this morning at the Banská Bystrica hospital that Robert Fico’s condition is still very serious but that doctors managed to stabilise him overnight, Dennik N reported.

Slovak Defense Minister Robert Kalinak speaks to members of the media outside F.D. Roosevelt University Hospital where Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was taken after a shooting incident. Photograph: Leonhard Föger/Reuters
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Good morning and welcome back to the blog.

  • Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, was shot on Wednesday. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.

  • Tomáš Taraba, a deputy prime minister, told the BBC that Fico’s surgery had gone “well” and “I guess that at the end he will survive”.

  • Earlier, Slovakia’s defence minister, Robert Kaliňák, said the prime minister was in an “extraordinarily serious” condition and that medical workers in the city of Banská Bystrica were fighting for his life.

  • The attack, which came as Europe prepares for elections in June and amid a rise in attacks on politicians, was widely condemned by European leaders.

  • A suspect was arrested.

  • Local reports identified the alleged gunman as Juraj C, a 71-year-old.

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