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Donald Trump is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 American presidential election. (Archive photo)

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Donald Trump is deemed ineligible to vote in the Republican primaries in the state of Maine in connection with the assault on the Capitol in 2021.

Maine Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on Thursday removed former President Donald Trump from the state's presidential ballot under the insurrection clause of the Constitution.

Ms. Bellows made the decision after some state residents, including a bipartisan group of former lawmakers, challenged Mr. Trump's participation in the vote based on a provision of the Constitution American, which prohibits from public office any person who took part in an insurrection or rebellion after having taken the oath for the United States.

This decision follows a ruling rendered in December by the Colorado Supreme Court, where Donald Trump is also ineligible for the 2024 presidential election. By rendering this decision, Colorado had however suspended the decision until January 4, 2024 , in case Donald Trump appeals.

Maine's secretary of state also suspended her decision until the state Supreme Court rules on the matter. The decision, which can be appealed, only applies to the state's Republican primary in March.

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Colorado's highest court, seized on the same grounds, ruled earlier this month that Donald Trump could not take part in the primaries in the state because of a provision of the 14th Amendment of the American Constitution.

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Donald Trump has already indicated that he will summon the Supreme Court of the United States to challenge the Colorado judgment. (File photo)

With this ruling, Donald Trump becomes the first presidential candidate in American history to be ineligible for a federal election based on the country's Constitution which blocks access to this position to people who have undertaken acts of rebellion or insurrection.

The former American president has already expressed his intention to go to the Supreme Court of the United States to have overturn this judgment.

Donald Trump has also been criminally charged at the federal level and in the state of Georgia for his efforts to invalidate the results of the November 2020 presidential election, lost to Democrat Joe Biden, without however being charged with insurrection for the incidents of January 6, 2021.

A judgment from the Supreme Court of the United States could settle the question of the eligibility of Donald Trump, who remains the favorite for the nomination of the Republican Party despite his legal setbacks.

With information from Associated Press and Reuters

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