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Photos Capture Turkey's Crucial Election And Its Fallout

A day of voting, protests and celebrations.
Turkey voted in its second election of the year on Sunday.
Turkey voted in its second election of the year on Sunday.

Turkey's ruling AK Party won handily in the nation's elections on Sunday, setting the nation on the course to return to single-party rule. The vote was Turkey's second of 2015, after a previous election in June unexpectedly booted the AKP from its long-held parliamentary majority.

In the months that followed June's result, the country entered a period of political tension and violence. The government launched an air strike campaign against Kurdish PKK militants after years of cease-fire, and a suspected Islamic State bombing killed 97 people in the worst terror attack in Turkey's history.

The vote on Sunday took place amid tight security and was largely peaceful, save for protests in the southern Kurdish area of Diyarbakir, where dozens of demonstrators angry at the result clashed with police. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party have been longtime antagonists to pro-Kurdish groups.

The Islamist AKP's return to dominance is a boon to Erdogan, who was sidelined after the June vote and called the snap elections after his party failed to form a coalition government. Opponents of Erdogan have criticized his increasingly authoritarian tendencies and media crackdowns, with journalists telling Reuters before the election that they feared what a boost to Erdogan's power could mean for media freedom.  

The WorldPost presents a selection of photos from across Turkey on the day of the election, showing both the celebrations and tribulations caused by the vote.

  • Supporters of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
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    Supporters of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
  • HDP supporters celebrate in Diyarbakir.
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    HDP supporters celebrate in Diyarbakir.
  • Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) won just over 10 percent of the vote, according to early results.
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    Pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) won just over 10 percent of the vote, according to early results.
  • Polling clerks count votes after the 26th general election at a polling station in Istanbul.
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    Polling clerks count votes after the 26th general election at a polling station in Istanbul.
  • The results indicate that the AK Party has returned to a majority government.
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    The results indicate that the AK Party has returned to a majority government.
  • Children make victory signs as supporters of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the southeaste
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    Children make victory signs as supporters of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
  • The HDP managed to remain in government by crossing the 10 percent vote threshold.
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    The HDP managed to remain in government by crossing the 10 percent vote threshold.
  • Pro-Kurdish party supporters celebrate with fireworks and flares.
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    Pro-Kurdish party supporters celebrate with fireworks and flares.

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