New Greek finance minister hospitalized
22 Jun, 2012
ATHENS, Greece, June 22 (UPI) — Incoming Greek Finance Minister Vassilis Rapanos was hospitalized Friday for unspecified tests, medical officials said.
Details of Rapanos’ condition were not available. There were local media reports that he was admitted to the hospital after he collapsed.
Rapanos, chairman of the National Bank of Greece, was appointed finance minister Thursday, the same day Greece’s new Cabinet was sworn in.
Officials at the Ygeia private hospital in Athens said they will issue a full medical report on Rapanos once testing is complete, CNN reported.
Rapanos’ swearing-in was postponed until he is discharged from the hospital.
Greece’s new governing coalition — comprised of the center-right New Democracy Party, the Socialist Pasok Party and the Party of the Democratic Left — faces the daunting task of overcoming a political and financial crisis that threatens the entire eurozone.
Newly elected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of the NDP also was hospitalized Friday, a day before he was scheduled to have retinal surgery, his office said.