Robert Fico remains to be in critical situation however he’ll make it | EUROtoday

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He's not utterly out of the woods but, however he'll make it. A number of hours after the assault that significantly injured him, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico stays in intensive care in circumstances nonetheless thought of critical, however he’s steady and capable of converse. While the preliminary investigations revealed that the attacker Juraj Cintula is “a lone wolf” who acted “out of revenge”.

The 71-year-old – a “non-violent” however armed activist – was formally accused of tried premeditated homicide and, based on native media, he stated he was very “proud” of his gesture. He now dangers 25 years in jail. The president-elect of Slovakia, Peter Pellegrini, visited Fico within the Roosevelt hospital in Banska Bystrica, the town 200 kilometers from Bratislava the place the prime minister was attending a political engagement when Cintula fired 5 gunshots at him. And it was Pellegrini himself who made it recognized that the prime minister, having emerged from the medically induced coma, was capable of converse.

“He only spoke with me for a couple of minutes”, however now “he needs rest”, stated the president, underlining that Fico now has “the most important hours and days” forward of him. The director of the hospital, Miriam Lapuníková, introduced that the prime minister's situation was steady, however nonetheless critical after the primary surgical procedure, which lasted 5 hours. The prime minister must endure a second hip surgical procedure. The nation is in shock, between political tensions and misinformation on social media aimed toward exacerbating emotions, particularly in view of the European elections.

“We have crossed a red line” of political hatred, Pellegrini stated, inviting the events to “suspend” the marketing campaign for the vote on 8 June. “Slovakia does not need further clashes and mutual accusations at this time,” he added. The elected head of state, who will take workplace in June, and the outgoing president, Zuzana Caputova, have invited the leaders of all events to the Grasalkovich Palace in Bratislava, the seat of the presidency, to sentence the violence and “ease tensions”. The representatives of Fico's populist authorities agree within the “politically motivated” assault.

“The political conflict led to an attempted assassination,” stated Defense Minister Robert Kalinak. Interior colleague Matus Sutaj Estok reported that Centula is a lone wolf: he isn’t a part of political actions,” he defined, “however he was dissatisfied with the result of the elections. It was an assault on democracy. We need to keep away from a civil conflict”, which is why “I attraction to the media: don't add gas to the hearth”, added Estok, accusing the press of “lies” and of “giving area to conspiracy theories”. Like the one, already denied by the police, that Centula's associate was Ukrainian. 32 social media customers have already been focused by the Slovak police for having praised the attacker's gesture. The whole EU is now Slovakia with apprehension, fearing that political violence will overflow and flood the marketing campaign for the European elections.