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In Wake of Assassination Attempt, Slovakia Remains Deeply Divided

After the May 15 assassination attempt against Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, there is great concern that the intense vitriol from the media, thought to be a factor in the shooting, has not responded sufficiently to calls for moderation. In the wake of the shocking assassination attempt, Fico’s ally, the newly-elected President Peter Pellegrini, had invited the parliamentary party leaders to meet together at the Presidential Palace, but they have not done so.

Today the party leader of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Branislav Groehling, gave a press conference and, in the words of the News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR), called for “representatives of political parties to end the attacks, insults and hate-mongering in society that continue even after the assassination attempt.” He expressed surprise that the coalition parties rejected the invite from “their” President.

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