Ukrainians seek to rename village after Michael Jackson

Residents of a Ukrainian village are seeking to rename it after the late pop singer Michael Jackson, media reports said Wednesday.

A lawmaker who represents the village said villagers in Oktyabrskoye, located in the Zaporizhia region in the country's southeast, had approached him with a proposal to rename the village 'Jackson,' an AFP report said.

'There are many fans of Michael Jackson there. They want to immortalize him,' said Oleg Kislitsyn, a deputy in the regional parliament.

Kislitsyn said he was in favor of the proposal.

hAccording to Zaporozhye Region's Reporter newspaper, one of the factions in the legislature has already discussed the proposal, and it could be put to a vote soon.

When asked what links existed between Oktyabrskoye and Jackson -- who died following a heart attack at the age of 50 on June 26 -- Kislitsyn said the world was in the process of 'globalization.'

He added: 'I am not a fan but I respect his work. He had an iron-clad will for victory.'