President Calderon’s last request before leaving office is to change Mexico’s name – to Mexico

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…

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

“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…

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…

With a week to go till Calderon is out of a job, this request is symbolic at best. Not that there’s any surprise about a politician making symbolic gestures instead of trying to accomplish some real measure of change.

3 thoughts on “President Calderon’s last request before leaving office is to change Mexico’s name – to Mexico

  1. trixfred30 says:

    I’d like to change the UKs name to England noone else knows why its called UK, Britain, Great Britian, British Isles or what Scotland or Wales has got to do with anything

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