ATHENS - Greece's new finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, resigned on Monday after being ill in hospital for several days, the prime minister's office said.

Rapanos sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who had accepted it, the office said in a telephone text message to journalists.

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Rapanos, 64, was rushed to hospital on Friday, before he could be sworn in, complaining of abdominal pain, nausea and dizziness. Greek media said he had a history of ill-health.