Obama sets up transition team, signaling long exit


WASHINGTON: Heralding the beginning of the end of his presidency, Barack Obama signed an order Friday (Saturday in Manila) establishing a transition team to help ease the next administration into power. “The peaceful transition has long been the hallmark of American democracy,” Obama wrote in an executive order that called for the transition to be “well-coordinated and effective, without regard to party affiliation.” Obama leaves office on January 20 after November’s general election, which is likely to pit Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.



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