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Mexican Federal District

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DISTRITO FEDERAL
(Federal District)
Image:Mexico DF in Mexiko.png
Other Mexican States
CapitalMexico City
Area1,479 km²
Ranked 32nd
Population
(2000 census)
8,591,300
Ranked 2nd
Head of Govt
(2000-2006)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD)
Federal Deputies (30) PRD = 27
PAN = 3
Federal SenatorsPAN = 1
PVEM = 1
PRD = 1
ISO 3166-2
Postal abbr.
MX-DF
D.F.

The Mexican Federal District or Distrito Federal (D.F.) is an area within Mexico that is not part of any of the States of Mexico, but is administered by the Mexican Federal Government and as such it is the seat of the Mexican Federal Government. The core of the vast Mexico City Metropolitan Area is within the Federal District.

The border with the Estado de México surrounds the D.F. on the north, east and west, while the state of Morelos shares the border through the more rural and mountainous south. The pear-shaped Federal District covers a surface area of 1,479 km², with a population of some 8,591,000 according to the year 2000 census.

For local government purposes, executive power is held by the Head of Government of the Federal District. The D.F. is divided into 16 boroughs (delegaciones). Each delegación is further divided into a variable number of neighborhoods (colonias).

Should the Federal Government decide to relocate to another part of the country, Article 44 of the Mexican Constitution mandates that the Federal District would acquire full statehood and be called Estado del Valle de México (State of the Valley of Mexico).

History

After the establishment of the Mexican Republic in 1824 the Mexican Congress decreed the separation of Mexico City from Estado de México and the formation of a separate entity called Distrito Federal.

See also

External link


da:Mexicos Føderale Distrikt

es:Distrito Federal, México it:Distretto Federale Messicano nl:Mexicaans Federaal District pt:Distrito Federal (México)

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