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Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect Transition in Yemen

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against anyone who threatens to undermine the political transition in Yemen.

"This Executive Order will allow the United States to take action against those who seek to undermine Yemen’s transition and the Yemeni peoples’ clear desire for change," the White House said in a statement released by the Press Secretary on Wednesday. "The President took this step because he believes that the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people, along with the urgent humanitarian and security challenges, cannot be addressed if political progress stalls."

The order gives the Treasury Department the authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of those who “threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen,” the White House said.

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