'Orange Revolution' Leader Rebuffed in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife Kataryna cast their ballots.

hide caption"Orange Revolution" leader and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife Kataryna cast their ballots. A Russia-backed party claimed victory in the nationwide polls, and Yushchenko's party came in third.

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Voters in Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine seem to have turned away from the man who led them in last year's Orange Revolution. President Viktor Yushchenko's party came in third, behind a pro-Russian party and a faction led by the president's former prime minister.

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

Just 16 months after the Orange Revolution swept Ukraine, its people have apparently turned their backs on the man who rallied them to democracy. Exit polls from today's parliamentary vote indicate a pro-Russian party will prevail over Our Ukraine, the party of the pro-western President Victor Yushchenko. This was expected, but the big surprise was that the President's party came in third, behind that of his former Prime Minister. Our correspondent in Kiev says the results will make it difficult for President Yushchenko to govern. Turnout was heavy today as voters stood in long lines to cast ballots.

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