November 23, 2012
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has asked Congress to drop the little-known “United States of” in the official name of Mexico.
Calderon, who leaves office Dec. 1 after six years as president, said Thursday he wants the country to be known simply as “Mexico” on official documents and currency, the BBC reported.
“The name of our country no longer needs to emulate that of other nations,” Calderon said in a news conference, referring to the name’s similarity to its northern neighbor, the United States of America.
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