ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new finance minister resigned because of ill health on Monday, throwing the government's drive to soften the terms of an international bailout into confusion days before a European summit.
Vassilis Rapanos quit on Monday less than a week after the conservative-led government took office with the huge task of trying to persuade foreign lenders to soften the terms of an international bailout that has enraged Greeks.
Rapanos, a former political prisoner, was admitted to hospital on Friday suffering dizziness and abdominal pains. He said he had resigned on the advice of doctors.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, himself recovering from eye surgery, will meet leaders of his two coalition allies - the Socialist PASOK party and the smaller Democratic Left - at his home, a government official said. A decision was expected on Tuesday, he added.
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