Hospital: The health condition of the Slovak Prime Minister has slightly improved, we believe that progress will continue

Fico had two lengthy operations in the hospital in the city of Banska Bistrica, after which it was said that his condition was stable, but serious.

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The hospital where Fico is in Banska Bistrica, Photo: Reuters
The hospital where Fico is in Banska Bistrica, Photo: Reuters
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The health condition of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fitz has "improved slightly", according to the hospital where he is recovering from critical gunshot wounds in the assassination.

Slovakia's prime minister was seriously wounded by gunfire last Sunday as he greeted supporters in the town of Handlovi, in an attack that fueled fears of deepening divisions in the politically polarized country.

Fico had two lengthy operations in the hospital in the city of Banska Bistrica, after which it was said that his condition was stable, but serious.

In a new statement about Fitz, the hospital stated that "the development of the prime minister's health condition is stable with a slight improvement."

"We believe this progress will continue," the hospital added, without elaborating on the next steps in Fico's treatment.

Supporters gather near the hospital (18/5/2024)
Supporters gather near the hospital (18/5/2024)photo: Reuters

His closest political ally, Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak, said on Wednesday that Fico will remain in the hospital in Banska Bistrica for the time being, because his transfer to another institution is "definitely out of the question".

The accused gunman, identified by Slovak media as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, was charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody at a hearing on Saturday.

According to a court document seen by AFP, the suspect said he shot Fitz to oppose the government's policies in Ukraine.

"During the questioning, he stated that, since he does not agree with the current government's policy, he decided to act," the judge, Roman Pučovski, wrote on Saturday.

The defendant said he disagreed with the government's decision to abolish the special prosecutor's office and stop sending military aid to Ukraine, as well as the alleged persecution of the media.

The assassination attempt shocked Slovakia, where Fico, 59, took office in October after his Smer party won parliamentary elections.

After assuming his fourth term as prime minister, Fico soured ties with Ukraine after questioning the sovereignty of the neighboring country, which is fighting a Russian invasion.

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