Oct. 29 - Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling Party of Regions looks to be the winner in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Sarah Sheffer reports.
The Ukrainian capital Kiev wakes up Monday morning to news that exit polls gave Sunday's parliamentary elections to President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling Party of the Regions. Partial results also show the pro-business Regions and allies on course for victory. A senior Regions official said he expected the party will have a simple majority in the 450-seat assembly. Dozens more seats are expected to be won by independent candidates who will support the Regions or join them. But Ukraine's far-right, nationalist Freedom Party, seen here at a rally in Kiev two weeks ago, made unexpected gains in the elections. The group won representation in parliament for the first time after taking around 12 per cent of the party-list votes. Western-style liberal group UDAR Party, led by heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, also made a strong showing in the elections. He will enter parliament as the head of his new party after a campaign where he was critical of corruption and cronyism under Yanukovich's rule.