Slovakia PM Robert Fico 'Will Survive' After Shooting: Official

After Slovakia's Prime Minister, Robert Fico, was taken into medical care in a life-threatening condition after an assassination attempt on him, the country's Deputy PM Robert Kaliňák has said that he believes Fico is now out of danger and 'will survive.' ?Kaliňák told BBC's Newshour that the PM is no longer in a life-threatening situation, in the latest update on Fico's condition.
Robert Kaliňák and Robert Fico

(Photo: X/ @sweetlullaby0 & @DrTrkulja)

After Slovakia's Prime Minister, Robert Fico, was taken into medical care in a life-threatening condition following an assassination attempt, the country's Deputy PM Robert Kaliňák has said that he believes Fico is now out of danger and 'will survive.' Kaliňák told BBC's Newshour that the PM is no longer in a life-threatening situation, in the latest update on Fico's condition. He had earlier said in a press conference that Fico was in surgery for more than three hours after the shooting.
Fico was shot Wednesday (May 15) in front of the Palace of Culture at Handlová town, Slovakia, where he was addressing a crowd after a government meeting. During the address, the PM collapsed to the ground with five gunshot wounds - one hitting his abdomen and the others his head and chest.
Fico's security team detained the suspected shooter, a 71-year-old man who is reportedly named Juraj Cintula and is an activist and writer. The motive behind the attack is still under investigation, but it is being considered politically motivated, the country's law enforcement said.
Slovakia’s President, Zuzana ?aputová, expressed shock and solidarity with Fico, while other political leaders condemned the violence. ?aputová said the attack was not only an attack on a human being but also on democracy, adding that violence is 'absolutely unacceptable.'
"I am shocked. We are all shocked by the terrible and vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico," she said in the caption of a video message posted on X. "We may not fully comprehend yet the seriousness of what has happened today. The shooting of the Prime Minister is first and foremost an attack on a human being — but it’s also an attack on democracy."
"Violence is absolutely unacceptable. Hate speech and rhetoric full of hate, which we witness across society, leads to hateful acts. Please, let us stop this," she added.
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