Palestinian president orders name changed to 'State of Palestine'
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in November.
January 7th, 2013
07:21 AM ET

Palestinian president orders name changed to 'State of Palestine'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signed a decree changing the name of the Palestinian Authority to the "State of Palestine," according to the organization's official news agency.

According to the decree, official stamps, signs and official letterhead will be changed and hold the new name of "the State of Palestine."

Palestinians have long been pushing for official statehood. It was granted "nonmember observer state" status after a vote at the United Nations vote in November.

If you're confused about whether something similar to this has already happened, you can read our explainer, that gives details about what the recent Palestinian moves mean.

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  1. DCDave

    Palestinians and Israelis will always live in this area so they need to accept this and treat each other with respect and hope their children will see this. They are bothers you know.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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