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Slovak Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

May 16, 2024

Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico





By Fasanmi Abiola

World leaders reacted with shock and condemnation after Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds in an assassination attempt.

US President Joe Biden condemned the shooting as a “horrific act of violence,” adding that he and First Lady Jill Biden “are praying for a swift recovery, and our thoughts are with his family and the people of Slovakia”.89979

“We strongly condemn this act of violence against our neighbouring partner state’s head of government. Every effort should be made to ensure that violence does not become the norm in any country, form, or sphere,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I know Robert Fico to be a courageous and strong-spirited man. I very much hope that these qualities will help him to withstand this difficult situation,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin, which called the shooting a “heinous crime”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “shocking attack carried out today against the prime minister of Slovakia,” his office said. Guterres’s “thoughts are with the prime minister and his loved ones at this difficult moment,” spokesman Farhan Haq said.

“I strongly condemn the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico. Such acts of violence have no place in our society and undermine democracy, our most precious common good,” said EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

“Shocked by the shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. I strongly condemn this attack,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on social media platform X. “My thoughts and solidarity are with him, his family and the people of Slovakia.”

“I am deeply shocked by the news of the cowardly attack on Slovakian Prime Minister Fico,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, also calling for an end to “violence in European politics”.

“Shocked to hear this awful news. All our thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted on X.

“I wish him strength for a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with Robert Fico, his loved ones, and the people of Slovakia,” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply shocked” by the news of the attack. “I strongly condemn this cowardly and dastardly act and wish PM Fico a speedy recovery,” Modi posted on X. “India stands in solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic.”

The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement that it “condemns the assassination attempt against the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic” and “wishes (him) good health and a speedy recovery.”

“I was deeply shocked by the heinous attack against my friend, Prime Minister Robert Fico. We pray for his health and quick recovery! God bless him and his country!,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“I am shocked by the attempted assassination of Robert Fico, a great friend to me and to Serbia. Dear friend, I pray for you and for your health,” said Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic.

“Horrified and outraged at the attack on the Slovak Prime Minister. Spain stands with Robert Fico, his family and the Slovak people at this extremely difficult time,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez posted on X.

“The attempt on the life of my Slovak colleague Robert Fico shocks me deeply. Just a few days ago we spoke on the phone and talked intensively about security issues. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery !,” said Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on X.

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