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Slovakia’s prime minister back after assassination – lashed out at the opposition and the press

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, who was assassinated on 15 May, hopes to partially resume work by the end of June. This photo is from when he attended the EU summit in Brussels in February. Photo: AP / NTB

Of NTB | 06.06.2024 02:32:59

Crime and justice: 59-year-old Fico was hit by several shots during the assassination, including in the stomach.

The injuries were described as life-threatening, and the same day he underwent a five-hour operation. A few days later he had to go on the operating table again.

On Wednesday, he shared a video on Facebook in which he says he forgives the 71-year-old poet and the security guard who shot him. The perpetrator’s motive is still not clear, but it is believed to have been political.

– It is time to take the first step, and that is forgiveness. I don’t feel any hatred towards the stranger who shot me, he says in the video.

Fico also says that he hopes to be able to partially resume his work as prime minister by the end of June.

He spends most of the 14-minute video defending his own positions and making several accusations against his political opponents and the press.

– The opposition was unable to see where their aggressive and hateful politics had led a section of society, and it was only a matter of time before a tragedy would take place, says Fico.

– If it continues as it is now, the horror from 15 May will continue, and there will be more victims, he adds.

He has questioned the country’s sovereignty and advocated compromises with Russia. After the election victory, Slovakia has also stopped sending weapons to Ukraine.

There have been mass demonstrations against several of the Fico government’s changes, including a media law that critics believe will undermine the independence of the country’s broadcasters.

Furthermore, Fico says that the perpetrator is not “a random madman”, but “a messenger of the evil and political hatred” that is emerging because of the Slovak opposition.

Fico, who was also prime minister between 2006 and 2010 and from 2012 to 2018, has, since he was elected for the third time in October, come up with several schemes that have soured relations with neighboring Ukraine.

(© NTB)

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