Slovak PM Fico is considering a return to work in the next month

In a Facebook video posted Wednesday, Robert Fico, the Slovak prime minister, said he might return to work in this month. This was his first public comment since a failed assassination on May 15.

Fico said in the video that his attacker was an activist from the opposition, and there was no reason for him to think the shooter was a lone lunatic. Fico said that he did not feel hatred towards the attacker, and it was now time to forgive.

Fico is recuperating at home, after being shot four times at close range while he was addressing supporters at a meeting of the government in Handlova, a town located in central Slovakia. After the attack, he was in a serious condition and required hours of surgery.

Fico says in the video that a Slovak activist from the opposition tried to assassinate him in Handlova on May 15 because of his political views. Medical staff prevented the worst.

If everything goes well, I can gradually return to my job at the beginning of July.

Fico, dressed in a buttoned-down shirt and with sleeves rolled up, sat in a black office chair with red curtains behind him. He looked healthy in the video.

The 71-year-old Juraj C. was identified as his attacker by the prosecutors and arrested on the spot. He has been charged with attempted murder.

The incident highlighted the deep polarisation in politics of the country with 5.4 million citizens.

The opposition parties protested against Fico’s government for changing its policy and stopping military aid to Ukraine. They also condemned the closure of a special prosecutor’s office, despite concerns about rule-of-law, and restructured state radio and television.

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