Clinton says Mideast transition poses risks

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday there are risks with democratic transition in the Middle East, such as of chaos, a return to authoritarianism or the advent of extremism.

"There are risks with the transition to democracy," Clinton told the Munich Security Conference in Germany, adding there can be chaos and short-term instability.

"Even worse, the transition can backslide into just another authoritarian regime," she added.

"Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy, only to see the political process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception, and rigged elections to stay in power, or to advance an agenda of extremism," she said.

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