File - President Michel Sleiman, left, meets with Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad in Baabda, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Long-simmering tension between President Michel Sleiman and Hezbollah burst out into the open at the weekend, as the two sides engaged in harsh rhetoric over whether a resistance clause should be included in the Cabinet's policy statement.Hezbollah hit back at Sleiman, saying the president needed "specialized care" because he could no longer differentiate between gold and wood.Hezbollah's criticism of Sleiman drew a deluge of support for the president mainly from March 14 ministers and politicians.Deputy Speaker Farid Makari slammed Hezbollah's "provocative statement" and praised Sleiman as a man made of gold.Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi condemned Hezbollah's verbal attack on Sleiman and the presidency post.Hezbollah vowed not to budge on the resistance clause to be included in the Cabinet's policy statement.
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