Cyprus defence minister suffers brain haemorrhage

Cyprus's newly appointed Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos was hospitalised Friday after suffering a brain haemorrhage and was listed in critical condition, doctors said.

The Greek defence ministry said that prominent neurosurgeon Alexandros Andreou was flying to Nicosia from Athens aboard an official jet to operate on Mitsopoulos at the request of his family.

Mitsopoulos, 48, was taken to Nicosia General Hospital after reportedly being found unconscious by his secretary in his office at the ministry.

Neurosurgeon Akis Lambrou told reporters he had suffered a "subarachnoid haemorrhage".

"The medical team of the hospital's neurosurgical department is taking appropriate medical action, for the best possible patient care," Lambrou said.

Mitsopoulos was made defence minister last week in a cabinet reshuffle by conservative President Nicos Anastasiades, who is due to return early from a European Union summit in Brussels.

He previously held the communications portfolio.