Chaos broke out outside the Italian Senate as the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation in Rome on Tuesday.
Conte's supporters chanted his name while proponents of the far-right League party and its leader Matteo Salvini countered.
Conte announced his resignation after Salvini filed a no-confidence vote motion against his government in the hopes that it will lead to snap elections, following a disagreement with his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement (M5S).
A crisis had started in Conte’s government earlier this month, after M5S and the League disagreed on the continuation of a planned high-speed rail-link between Lyon and Turin (TAV), with M5S calling for the project to be abandoned while the League backs continuing. The Italian parliament has voted against stopping the line’s construction, causing a split in the coalition and prompting talks of snap elections from League representatives.