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Iceland takes up US seat at UN rights council

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today was elected to take up the seat left vacant at the Council after the quit the body over what it charges was anti-

In a vote at the General Assembly, picked up 172 votes during a secret ballot as the candidate put forward by the regional grouping for that seat.

Like the United States, has pledged to seek reform to the 47-nation Geneva-based body which monitors worldwide and has the authority to set up inquiries of mass atrocities.

Iceland's said in an editorial last week that it was "time to address" the council's "shortcomings" and overcome the "perceived imbalance" in its focus through reform.

US announced Washington's withdrawal from the rights council last month, denouncing the body as a "protector of abusers, and a cesspool of political "

In particular, Haley had slammed the council for adopting resolutions condemning Israel, which has come under scrutiny by the council for its treatment of Palestinians.

The US exit from the rights council was seen as the latest move by the administration of to step away from multilateral cooperation.

has also quit the UN cultural agency and cut funding to the United Nations, notably the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:25 IST