New Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti faces a second vote in the lower house today following a vote of support from the upper house on November 17.
Monti has outlined his government of technocrats' program of reforms to boost the country's economic growth and cut its huge public debt, saying the austerity measures would be balanced by "growth and equity."
One party, the right-wing Northern League, withheld its support from Monti.
Meanwhile, thousands of students marched in cities across Italy to protest against planned spending cuts, with scuffles between demonstrators and police reported in several cities.
compiled from agency reports