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Spotlight on future of Republican Party amid deep divisions

The House on Jan 13 impeached then-President Trump on the charge of inciting insurrection. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - Former US president Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, which kicked off on Tuesday (Feb 9) in Washington, will shine a light on the deep divisions in the United States - and raise questions over the future of the Republican Party.

And if - as widely expected - Mr Trump is acquitted, it could well play into his hands, burnishing his role as the maverick outsider battling against all odds against the Washington elites and their "deep state" which were always out to destroy him.

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