[Updated at 9:06 a.m. ET] Angry protesters threw rocks and bottles and police lobbed tear gas canisters Tuesday in Rome's streets in the wake of lawmakers' confidence votes, narrowly in favor of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
[Posted at 8:27 a.m. ET] Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi retained his position by a narrow margin Tuesday after the nation's upper and lower houses of parliament voted in favor of him in a confidence vote.
The vote in the upper house, or Senate, was 162-135 with 11 abstentions. The lower house, or Chamber of Deputies, turned in a much narrower margin - 314-311, with two abstentions. The vote was the latest in a series on his leadership.
The last confidence vote for the three-term prime minister was in September.
With so many lawmakers aligned against Berlusconi, however, it may be difficult for him to carry on with his legislative program, said CNN's Dan Rivers.
"There is going to have to be a bit of horse-trading," he noted.
As the lower house vote total was announced, three loud explosions could be heard as protesters threw firecrackers or flash-bang devices at police lines assembled in the area, Rivers said. Several hundred protesters have amassed, and police had shut down a portion of central Rome.FULL STORY