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Mexican President wants to change his country's name

Mexican President Felipe Calderon wants to change the name of his country.

Mexico's President Calderon waves the national flag. Credit: Henry Romero / Reuters

The nation's official name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or United States of Mexico, which was adopted in 1824 in a bid to emulate the USA.

However, President Calderon now wants to change his country's name to Mexico - as the nation is already known across the world.

He said: "The name of our country no longer needs to emulate that of other nations. Forgive me for the expression, but Mexico's name is Mexico."