When Vassilis Rapanos was appointed Finance Minister of Greece last week he was one of four technocrats to take up cabinet positions. However, Rapanos did not make it as far as the swearing in ceremony before he was rushed to hospital after he fainted, suffering from acute abdominal pain and dizziness.
reported an official at Hygeia Hospital said Rapanos may be discharged Tuesday morning after having "a gastroscopy and colonoscopy, which showed everything is completely normal." He is expected to miss the two day summitt commencing Thursday in Brussels, as will newly appointed Prime Minister Anthonis Samaras who is under doctors' orders not to travel following surgery for a detached retina on Saturday.
Rapanos may not actually be sworn into his new position as finance minster. According to Athens News
"It has been said that Rapanos would in fact be returning to his BoG post under orders from doctors that he avoid the stressful finance ministry position. Well, that didn't last long…"
by Skai TV correspondent Ilias Siakantaris as "a figure that could inspire some trust" Rapanos is "not an imposing personality but more of a consensus builder that may be able to manage all the stakeholders involved in the Greek program." Unusually for a banker Rapanos has a political background. He was jailed for more than four years by Greece's junta in 1969 due to his membership of a left-wing resistance group.
Bloomberg may well describe the role as Finance Minister of Greece as the worst job in the world but the previous holder of the office before taking over the leadership of PASOK, Evangelos Venizelos, appeared to thrive under the perks and benefits. Ironically his portly frame showed no sign of fading under the pressures of a stressful job.