STICKING AROUND: Premier Mario Monti said he will lead Italy until the next government takes power, insisting there will be "no decision-making vacuum" despite his plan to resign early. His resignation would move up elections by about two months.
BERLUSCONI AGAIN: Monti, who took office in November 2011, said he is stepping down because Silvio Berlusconi's party, Parliament's largest, yanked support for his economic policies. The scandal-plagued Berlusconi said he was running to get the premiership back, contending that severe austerity is doing nothing to lift Italy of recession
MARKETS FALL: Italy's main stock index fell 2.2 percent and interest rates on bonds rose, Some investors worry that a return to party politics could threaten reforms Monti has pushed to restore confidence in the country's financial future.