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Slovak Prime Minister Who Was Shot Identified: Declares Muslims Will Not Enter Country


May 15, 2024

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico made headlines earlier this year when he downplayed reports of a war in Kiev, stating that normal life was continuing in the city. However, his controversial approach to governance has raised concerns both domestically and internationally.

Fico, who won the elections last year, formed a ruling coalition with Slovak nationalists and the Glas party. During the campaign, he emphasized pro-Russian and anti-Western views, promising to deny military support to Ukraine. His party, SMER, focused on organizing peace negotiations in response to the conflict in Ukraine.

Fico, a law graduate from Komenský University, has had a long political career dating back to his days in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. He founded the party Smjer – social democracy in 1999, which later merged with other left parties. In 2006, his party won the most mandates, leading to a coalition government with nationalist parties.

The Prime Minister faced public backlash following the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak, who was investigating high-level corruption. Fico suspended communication with several media outlets, accusing them of not reporting truthfully. His attempt to dissolve a public radio and television station and transform it into a new media institution further fueled criticism from opposition politicians, journalists, and the European Broadcasting Union.

In addition to media control issues, Fico’s extreme anti-Muslim and anti-migrant rhetoric drew condemnation. He made Islamophobic statements during Europe’s refugee crisis, claiming Islam had no place in Slovakia. Fico’s government passed legislation that made it impossible for Islam to receive state recognition, rendering Slovakia the only EU member without a recognized religion.

Fico also faced accusations of bribery and criminal conspiracy, though the charges were later dropped. His controversial policies and rhetoric have sparked protests and raised concerns about the state of freedom of the press and minority rights in Slovakia.


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