Mexico Prez: Let's Change Country's Name to ... Mexico

Technically, country is 'The United Mexican States'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Mexico‘s President Felipe Calderon waits for the arrival of the rest of leaders for the official photo at the XXII Iberoamerican summit in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez)

(Newser) – Mexico's president is making one last attempt to get the "United States" out of Mexico—at least as far as the country's name is concerned. The country's formal name is "The United Mexican States," but few people use it. President Felipe Calderon wants to make it simply "Mexico." Calderon says the name was adopted in 1824 to imitate the country's northern neighbor, the United States of America, but he said today that Mexico doesn't need to emulate anyone. The constitutional reform would have to be approved by both houses of Congress and a majority of the country's 31 state legislatures. However, Calderon leaves office on Dec. 1. He first proposed the name change as a congressman in 2003, but the bill did not make it to a vote. (Read more Felipe Calderon stories.)

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