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Polish Prime Minister in 'stable condition' in hospital following serious car accident

53-year-old Beata Szydlo met with Enda Kenny to discuss Ireland’s post-Brexit future on Thursday.

Poland Ireland Alik Keplicz Enda Kenny meeting with Beata Szydlo in Warsaw on 9 February Alik Keplicz

POLISH PRIME MINISTER Beata Szydlo is in “stable condition” in hospital after a car accident, a government spokesman said.

The prime minister was riding in a motorcade yesterday evening when a Fiat 600 driven by a 21-year-old man struck her vehicle in the southern town of Oswiecim.

Her car was forced off the road and crashed into a tree, with the front of the car badly damaged. Two security agents including Szydlo’s driver were also injured, one of them suffering serious leg injuries.

Szydlo underwent medical tests in a local hospital before being transported in the evening by helicopter to a military hospital in Warsaw.

She had met with Enda Kenny on Thursday in the Polish capital to discuss Ireland’s ‘special’ role post-Brexit, something she was unwilling to provide official support for.

Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek told reporters the prime minister was still in hospital “under observation” and the duration of her stay would “depend on the specialists”.

“She is being well looked after. She can carry out her role, she can fulfil her obligations as head of the government,” Bochenek said.

He refused to specify the nature of medical tests undergone by the 53-year-old or confirm if she would preside over the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

She feels well although she is not completely back to normal after being involved in an accident.

Szydlo was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

The Fiat’s driver has admitted responsibility for the accident and has been charged with causing “bodily damage in a road accident”. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful head of Szydlo’s right wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, had told supporters at an event last night the premier was “seriously hurt” in the accident.

“We’re with you Beata and we’re sure that after a brief stay in hospital, you’ll be back with us again leading the government,” he said.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

© – AFP, 2017

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