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The Prime Minister of Slovakia was shot and taken to hospital world

A man is arrested after the shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on May 15, 2024 – Photograph: Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters

Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, was shot and taken by helicopter to hospital on Wednesday (15). One suspect was arrested at the scene.

Four gunshots were reportedly heard after a government meeting in the city of Handlova, 190 kilometers from the capital, Bratislava. The TA3 television network said that one of the bullets hit the prime minister in the stomach.

According to information from the Slovakian news site Aktualít, a few people were waiting for Fico outside the place where the meeting took place. None of them booed or chanted slogans against the government. Only one man appeared to be protesting, holding a sign in his hand.

In a statement, the country’s president, Zuzana Caputova, condemned the “brutal” attack on Fico and wished him a speedy recovery.

The suspect is detained and immobilized after the shooting of the Slovak Prime Minister in Handlova, on May 15, 2024. – Photograph: Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala also spoke out, saying the news came as a “shock.” He also wishes his colleague a speedy recovery.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she “strongly condemned the attack” – Slovakia has been part of the EU since 2004.

Pro-Russian and nationalist

Slovakia’s position is relatively important, as the country is part of the North Atlantic Military Organization, the Western military alliance.

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, in a photo from 2018 – Photograph: Vladimir Smisek/AFP

Fico’s party, Direção Social-Democracia (Smer-SSD), is more nationalistic and socially conservative, and criticizes social liberalism, which he says is imposed by Brussels.