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Altogether, the UN General Assembly elected 15 members, four of which from Africa, four from Asia and Pacific, two from Eastern Europe, three from Latin America and two from Western Europe and other states.

These are 2006 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and now, 2015 to 2017, and with the reelection, would remain on the Council till 2020.

This is the fourth time Pakistan has been elected to the 47-member Council - the first success came in 2006 when the Council was created by the UN General Assembly.

We will bring to the Council the same principled, pragmatic and consultative approach that distinguished our term on the UN Security Council in 2013-14. But that was still far about the 97 votes needed to win a seat. They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020.

"When you're in that Council, you're putting yourself forward for scrutiny and then that tells you that Nigeria is ready to scrutinise itself in regards to respect for human rights".

African countries had four candidates for their continent's four seats on the council and Congo got the lowest number of votes — 151. Apart from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Qatar also won seats on the Council.

The other winners in uncontested races were Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Slovakia, Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Australia and Spain.

On her Twitter account, she said that the "victory is a manifestation of the global community's trust in Pakistan". "Pakistan wins by more than two thirds votes", she said. "Pakistan's election gives the lie to those who claims that Pakistan is isolated", Maleeha Lodhi said.

Haley called Congo "a country infamous for political suppression, violence against women and children, arbitrary arrest and detention, and unlawful killings and disappearances" and said its unopposed election is another spur to USA -led efforts to reform the Human Rights Council.

The Council's membership is based on equitable geographical distribution and seats are distributed as follows: 13 seats for African States, 13 seats for Asia Pacific States, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States, 7 seats for Western European and other States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.