Photos Capture Celebrations In Turkey After Election Results Come In

06/07/2015 04:57 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections that were seen as a referendum on the growing power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP.

As preliminary results rolled in later in the day, polls indicated that the AKP could lose its single majority and that the main Kurdish party, the HDP, had surpassed the 10 percent vote threshold required to be represented in parliament.

The tally seems to signal a huge blow to Erdogan's efforts to imbue the office of the presidency with more influence, and an end to 12 years of single-party rule in Turkey.

Elated supporters of the HDP filled the streets in the city of Diyarbakir after seeing the results, lighting flares and celebrating outside the party headquarters.

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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrating the first results of the legislative election, in Diyarbakir on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the streets the results after the legislative election day, in Diyarbakir on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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A young supporter of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) holds a smoke projectile while celebrating in the streets the first results of the legislative election, in Diyarbakir on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebratie in the streets the first results of the legislative election, in Diyarbakir on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) wave a Kurdish flag while celebrating in the streets the first results of the legislative election, in Diyarbakir on June 7, 2015. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate in the streets the first results of the legislative election, near to the HDP's headquarters in Istanbul on June 7, 2015. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate early election results June 7, 2015 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate early election results in Diyarbakir, Turkey, June 7, 2015. (Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate early election results in Diyarbakir, Turkey, June 7, 2015. (Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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