Mexican president calls for unity on Cinco de Mayo

Mexico City, May 5 (EFE).- President Enrique Peña Nieto called on Mexicans Sunday to work with "unity and commitment" to deal with the economic and social challenges facing the country.

Mexicans must come together to overcome inequality and help the country achieve its true potential, the president said during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Mexico City.

"Unity and commitment are the principles that encourage the principal political forces and the government of the republic to move forward with the transformational reforms that the country wants and needs," Peña Nieto said in his address marking the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.

Mexican soldiers defeated invading French troops in the 1862 battle.

The government's goal is to "create a prosperous Mexico" that can "position itself as an emerging economic power and create the quality jobs that Mexicans want," the president said.

"The French thought their army was invincible. The world believed that. Mexicans, however, showed in that historic battle what we can achieve as a country when we are willing to put the greater good of the nation before any other interest," Peña Nieto said.

More than 12,800 people took part in the traditional parade marking Cinco de Mayo.