Robert Fico Plans July Return to Prime Minister Role Following Attack

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.06 - 2024 11:22 AM CET

Slovak PM Robert Fico plans a surprising return after surviving an assassination attempt.

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is currently undergoing treatment following an assassination attempt on May 15, announced plans to return to his duties by late June or early July.

Fico shared this update in a video posted on his Facebook page.

No Legal Action

In his video message, Fico expressed that he holds no grudge against the attacker and does not intend to sue or seek compensation.

He described the shooter as "only a conduit for the anger and hatred that has grown among political losers from the opposition."

Fico also noted that the assassination attempt might not have been the act of a single individual, as security services had previously warned him about potential threats from the opposition.

Robert Fico was seriously wounded on May 15 after a government retreat in the city of Gandlova.

The attacker, 71-year-old writer and political activist Juraj Cintula, fired several bullets at him.

Fico was hospitalized in serious condition, and the police quickly detained Cintula. The attacker cited disagreement with government policy and admitted guilt.

He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Robert Fico, who returned to power last fall for his third term as Prime Minister, leads the populist Kurs – Slovak Social Democracy party.

Known for its Eurosceptic and nationalist stance, the party advocated for limiting military aid to Ukraine and tightening immigration controls before the last elections.

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