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About our Robert Fico news

Latest news on the attempted assassination of Robert Fico, providing comprehensive coverage of the shooting, investigation, suspect, Fico's condition, reactions, and implications for Slovakia and its government.

On 15 May 2024, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot and seriously injured in an assassination attempt in the city of Handlová. The 59-year-old leader of the Direction-Social Democracy party (Smer-SD) was rushed to hospital in critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. A 71-year-old male suspect was immediately arrested by police at the scene.

The shocking attack has sent shockwaves through Slovakia and the international community. While Fico remains hospitalised, Deputy Prime Minister Tomáš Taraba stated that the Prime Minister is no longer in a life-threatening condition as of 16 May. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with authorities working to determine the suspect's motives and any potential connections to extremist groups or political opponents.

The attempted assassination has sparked an outpouring of support and solidarity for Fico and his family from across the political spectrum in Slovakia. World leaders, including those from neighbouring countries and the European Union, have condemned the attack and expressed their hopes for Fico's swift recovery. The incident has also raised concerns about the safety of public figures and the need to address the rise of extremism and political violence in the region.

Robert Fico, a controversial figure known for his populist and pro-Russian stance, has served as Prime Minister of Slovakia for a total of over 10 years across three terms since 2006. His current government, formed in October 2023 following a closely contested election, has faced criticism for its refusal to provide military support to neighbouring Ukraine amidst the ongoing Russian invasion.

As Slovakia grapples with the aftermath of this shocking event, our NewsNow feed will keep you informed with the latest updates on Robert Fico's condition, the investigation into the assassination attempt, and the political ramifications for the country. We gather information from reliable sources to provide comprehensive coverage of this developing story and its impact on Slovakia and the wider region.

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