Slovak PM speaking but serious after shooting, suspected gunman charged

But he said that “very difficult hours and days” lay ahead for Fico

May 17, 2024
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico looks on during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Germany, January 24, 2024. — Reuters

BANSKA BYSTRICA, Slovakia: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was able to speak but remained in serious condition on Thursday, officials said as police charged a suspect for the attack they called politically motivated.


President-elect Peter Pellegrini briefed journalists a day after the shooting, which has prompted fears of further violence in the politically polarised nation just weeks before European parliament elections.

“He is able to speak but only a few sentences and then he is really, really tired... The situation is very critical,” Pellegrini said outside the hospital in the central city of Banska Bystrica. “The doctors asked me to make a really very short visit,” he added. “I told him that we stand behind him.”

But he said that “very difficult hours and days” lay ahead for Fico.

On Wednesday, train conductor Richard Krajcik was hoping to get a selfie with Fico after a government meeting in the central town of Handlova when shots rang out.

“Everything happened so fast,” Krajcik told AFP, gazing at the spot in the main square where Fico was struck.

Former police chief Stefan Hamran slammed the prime minister´s bodyguards, telling AFP “they reacted late, they reacted badly”.