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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico shot after meeting


Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico speaks throughout a press convention with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany, January 24, 2024. — Reuters
  • PM Robert Fico was shot within the stomach.
  • President of Slovakia condemns assault.
  • Suspect has been taken into custody.

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot after he concluded a gathering in Handlova, the nation’s media reported Wednesday.

The situation of PM Fico stays unknown in the meanwhile.

The nation’s information company TA3 reported {that a} suspect has been taken into custody. 

The populist chief was injured as studies point out the firing of a number of gunshots, and the 59-year-old had been hit within the stomach.

Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia’s president, condemned the “brutal” assault on the prime minister.

“Police detained a person and safety officers pushed somebody right into a automotive and drove off,” a witness quoted by Reuters stated.

Safety officers transfer Slovak PM Robert Fico in a automotive after a taking pictures incident, after a Slovak authorities assembly in Handlova, Slovakia, Could 15, 2024. — Reuters

TASR information company of Slovakia quoted parliamentary vice-chairman Lubos Blaha as saying Fico had been shot and harm. 

Emergency providers stated a helicopter had been despatched for PM in Handlova after receiving info.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Fee, condemned the assault and referred to as it “a vile assault on Fico”.

The Slovak authorities was assembly in Handlova, 190 km (118 miles) northeast of Bratislava, as a part of a tour of the nation’s areas after coming to energy in 2023.

Fico turned PM of the NATO and EU member for the fourth time after shifting political gears to enchantment to a altering voters.

Throughout a three-decade profession, Fico moved between the pro-European mainstream and nationalistic positions against EU and American insurance policies.  

He additionally expressed hope to remodel as per the general public opinion or change political realities.

After the incident, Slovakia’s opposition celebration cancelled a protest in opposition to authorities public broadcaster reforms slated Wednesday night.

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