Residents of Istanbul awoke on Monday to the sight of dozens of election campaign banners and placards still adorning the streets of the Turkish capital. Sunday's parliamentary election results shocked pollsters, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) losing its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. Erdogan's party only managed to secure 41 percent of the electoral vote on Sunday, while the People's Democratic Party (HDP) crossed the 10 percent threshold required for parliamentary representation for the first time ever, winning 13 percent of the vote. HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas branded the historic result as a "victory" for the diverse range of ethnic and religious groups that make up Turkish society. The political situation prior to the election was tense, with bombings against an HDP rally on June 5 and a subsequent exchange of harsh rhetoric between the ruling party and Kurdish party leaders.
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