KIEV, Ukraine, March 27 (UPI) -- Early results Monday in Ukraine's parliamentary election show President Viktor Yushchenko's party in third place, which will require forming a coalition.
Former pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was in the lead, followed by Yulia Tymoshenko, who was a former ally of Yushchenko, but had a falling-out, the BBC said.
With more than 35 percent of the vote counted, election commission officials in Kiev said Yanukovych's party led with 26.4 percent, closely followed by Tymoshenko's party with 23.9 percent.
The president's party had just 16.6 percent.
Yushchenko's chief-of-staff told the BBC that although talks had started with Tymoshenko's party it would take time to form a coalition in the 450-seat parliament.
International election observers described the election as "free and fair," and elections officials said the vote counting would not likely be completed until Tuesday.