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Greek Premier to Get Surgery, Finance Minister Hospitalized

June 22, 2012

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will have surgery to correct a detached retina tomorrow and Finance Minister Vassilios Rapanos was hospitalized after he collapsed in Athens, officials said.

Samaras’s condition was discovered today during a routine check-up, his office said in an e-mailed statement. Rapanos, who was due to be sworn in today, was admitted to the Athens Hygeia Hospital with symptoms including severe stomach pains, nausea and exhaustion. His condition is stable and he will remain in the hospital to undergo tests, Athens Hygeia said in an e-mailed statement.

A retina can become detached when the thin lining at the back of the eye separates from the blood vessels. Without immediate treatment, the condition can lead to blindness in the affected eye, according to information on the U.K. National Health Service website.

Samaras was sworn in on June 20 as head of the country’s new coalition government after his New Democracy party finished first in June 17 elections.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tom Stoukas in Athens at; Natalie Weeks in Athens at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maria Petrakis at

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