The election dealt a crushing blow to President Viktor Yushchenko's pro-Western party, which also was trailing behind former Orange Revolution ally-turned-rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the exit polls found.
Yushchenko's job was not at stake, but the newly elected parliament will enjoy vast new powers under reforms that give it the right to name the prime minister and much of the cabinet.
A victory for Yanukovych's party could hamper Yushchenko's efforts to shake off Kremlin influence and win eventual membership in the European Union and NATO.
It could also force Yushchenko into an uncomfortable power-sharing coalition with his one-time enemy.
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