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UPDATED: 22:13, April 13, 2007
Tajik President Rakhmonov officially changes surname to Rakhmon
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Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov has officially changed his name to Emomali Rakhmon, the country's Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The ministry has informed countries with diplomatic ties with Tajikistan about the president's name change, and from now on the new name is to be used in all official documents, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a foreign ministry statement.

Rakhmonov said in March he had changed his surname into "Rakhmon" but would technically remain "Rakhmonov" until he registered his name officially with the justice authorities.

In efforts to return to Persian roots, the president also appealed to new Tajik parents to follow suit and register new-born babies under Persian surnames and drop Russian-style endings like "-ov" and "-ev."

During the Soviet era, most Tajik residents added Slavic endings to their Persian-style surnames.

Source: Xinhua

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