Italy's Mario Monti resigns, as MPs pass budget
22 December 2012 Last updated at 09:05 GMT
Mario Monti has resigned as Italian prime minister, keeping a promise to step down after the passing of his budget by parliament.
MPs earlier passed the 2013 budget drawn up by his government with 309 votes in favour and 55 against.
Mr Monti was brought in to form a technocratic government last year.
Alan Johnston reports.