Cyprus defense minister suffers aneurysm

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A doctor says Cyprus' defense minister is in serious condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage just a week after he was appointed to the job.

Nicosia General Hospital neurosurgeon Akis Lambrou told reporters Friday that a team of surgeons is working to stabilize Tasos Mitsopoulos.

Mitsopoulos moved to the defense portfolio from the communications ministry last week after a mini-reshuffle from President Nicos Anastasiades.

The 48-year-old Mitsopoulos was a member the Cypriot parliament from 2006 until 2013 when he joined the Cabinet.

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