Slovak PM hospitalised with suspected heart attack

Slovak PM hospitalised with suspected heart attack
Fico (right) was due to visit Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotoka (left) on April 14
By bne IntelliNews April 14, 2016

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was admitted to hospital in Bratislava on April 14 for an unscheduled heart examination, a day after the shaky government coalition agreed its four-year programme. The health scare saw the PM cancel his first official visit since managing to cobble together the new government in the wake of his Smer party's poor showing at the inconclusive March 5 election.

According to the hospital's head cardiologist for acute cases, the 51-year-old premier probably had a heart attack and will remain in hospital at least overnight for observation, television station TA3 reported. A deputy prime minister, as yet unnamed, will act as head of government in the meantime.

A weakened Fico, who is a strong figurehead, will not help ensure the stability of the new government, which is made up of disparate political forces stretching from centre left to far right. The PM has clearly been strained in recent weeks as he has scrambled to piece together a cabinet after Smer's surprising collapse in the March election. Many analysts say they expect the coalition to struggle to make it past a year.

Fico reportedly had canceled an appearance at a court hearing on April 12 citing health reasons, but attended the cabinet meeting at which the Smer-SD party leader agreed on the government manifesto. The PM was due on April 14 to meet his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, as well as Czech President Milos Zeman, to discuss cooperation on economic, security and other issues, as well as specific infrastructure projects.

A spokesperson said Fico had been admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and was undergoing a cardiac assessment, but did not provide further details. TA3 said he arrived at the institute in his own car.

Heads of states and government from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which until 1994 comprised the state of Czechoslovakia, traditionally make their first official foreign trips after taking office to each other’s capitals. Although Fico is an incumbent prime minister, he heads a new government. 

Related Articles

Czech CPI buys huge Central European retail portfolio

Czech real estate investor CPI Group has bought a large portfolio of Central European retail assets, local media reported on January 17. The investor, which has grown its holdings rapidly since ... more

CEZ ignores Czech finance minister and re-elects CEO

The supervisory board at Czech power group CEZ ignored pressure from the finance ministry to dump the current management, local media report. Finance Minister Andrej Babis has been accumulating ... more

Japan’s Asahi buys a huge round in Central Europe

Asahi has beaten a host of regional heavyweights in the race to buy SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European beer brands, the Japanese brewer announced on December 13. The Asian giant said it ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss