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PM's health problems persist

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico must change his regime otherwise his problems with high blood pressure could lead to a heart attack, say doctors who watch over the PM's health, according to information provided by the Pravda daily.

According to Pravda, one of the options the doctors have proposed to Fico is an operation that would expand his heart artery, ensuring the supply of oxygenated blood to his heart. "The second [option] is the observance of a proper regime," a source from the Government Office told the daily.

Fico, however, refuses to admit any problems and does not want to comment on his health condition.

"My health is my private matter. I can only tell you that I am going at full blast," said the PM.

The information about the PM's health problems was leaked to the public at the end of October after he interrupted a cabinet session and deputy PM Robert Kaliòák had to take over for Fico.

Political analysts agree that the public should be informed about the PM's condition because he is paid by taxpayer money.

"Otherwise the PM is exposing himself to suspicions and rumours that could create uncertainty among the public," said political analyst Peter Horváth from the Trnava University of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

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