Mexico's President Calderon seeks to change country's name

Mexico sports fans (file image) The United Mexican States is known around the world as Mexico

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has sent a bill to congress to change the official name of the country.

The current name, the United Mexican States, was adopted in 1824 and was intended to emulate its northern neighbour.

President Calderon wants to change it to just Mexico, as the country is known the world over.

Mr Calderon, who leaves office on 1 December, said Mexico no longer needed to copy any foreign power.

"The name of our country no longer needs to emulate that of other nations," Mr Calderon told a news conference.

"Forgive me for the expression, but Mexico's name is Mexico."

The name United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) was brought in after independence from Spain.

It is used mostly on official documents, money and other government material.

Mr Calderon first suggested the name change as a congressman in 2003, but the bill did not make it to a vote.

The BBC's Will Grant in Mexico says if the reaction on Twitter is anything to go by few Mexicans see this as a serious issue.

Suggestions flooded in for a new name for Mexico, many of them mocking Mr Calderon, such as "Fraud-land" in reference to widespread corruption, our correspondent says.

The constitutional reform Mr Calderon proposes needs to be approved by both houses of Congress and a majority of Mexico's 31 state legislatures.

Coming with just a week to go before Mr Calderon leaves office, the president's critics see this as a symbolic gesture.

Mr Calderon will hand over to president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.


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    Comment number 104.

    Does it really matter, I always thought it was Republic of Mexico, no one calls it United States of Mexico so why does it matter?

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    Comment number 66.

    I love Mexico, been several times and to me its just Mexico. But this is a decision for the people who live thre, however given some of the problems I think its way down the list.

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    Comment number 65.

    Why bother? Everyone calls it Mexico, and few people really care. Changing it would mean re-printing currency, and replacing all the official forms and templates on which it is used. A lot of hassle and expense for no particular reason.
    They should just leave it as a slightly interesting abnormanlity of the country. It's part of Mexico's history after all.

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    Comment number 59.

    It's just a name and by changing the name doesn't change the fact that Mexico is still the same country with a lot of gang violence, drugs and illegal immigration. I would rather have them to improve the economy, raise the standard of living of ordinary citizens and increase opportunities of young people. Mexico has the potential to be successful and turn itself into prosperous nation.


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