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Lithuania's justice minister has announced that she has officially changed the spelling of her name and surname and from now on it be spelt in Polish - Ewelina Dobrowolska.
Evelina Dobrovolska
Evelina Dobrovolska

"33 years, over 130 court cases won, two years in politics. That's how long it has taken me to be able to write my name today in its original form, the way I wrote it when for 12 years in school, the way I saw it written on Olympiad certificates and the way my mother wrote my name," she posted on her Facebook account on Tuesday.

Up until now, her name was spelled Evelina Dobrovolska.

Several other Lithuanian politicians of Polish descent have also applied to change the spelling of their names.

After decades of debate, a law adopted by the Seimas and in force since May 1 states that Lithuanian citizens spell their name and surname in Latin characters without diacritics in ID documents in certain cases.

Such spelling is possible if a Lithuanian citizen assumes the non-Lithuanian surname of their spouse, or if the surname of their parents or one of the parents using non-Lithuanian characters in the source of the document.

Members of national minorities are required to officially declare their nationality to change their surname.

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