What happened? The parliament approved the formation of a new government led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, ending a thirteen-month period during which Lebanon was governed by caretaker authorities. Separately, Hizbollah imported fuel directly from Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
Why does it matter? The cabinet’s appointment ended an extended stalemate that had left Lebanon without an empowered government since August 2020. Hizbollah’s import of Iranian fuel underscores sub-state political actors’ expanded role in providing goods and security amid nationwide shortages and violent incidents.