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The Africa Report: 28 October

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Madagascan elections 2013. Picture: www.facebook.com/DrRobinsonJL

ELECTION RESULTS IN MADAGASCAR TRICKLE IN

Election results from Friday's poll have begun trickling in, in what could be the end of a four-year political deadlock.

Although results are coming in slowly, there stand-out competitors.

Ousted president Marc Ravalomanana's candidate, Richard Jean-Louis Robinson has 30 percent of the votes counted so far.

Interim president Andry Rajoelina's candidate, Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina, is in second place with approximately 16 percent of the votes.

Despite criticism of the speed of the release of the results, international observers have declared the elections free, fair, and credible.

Observers include representatives from the African Union, the European Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.

Final results are expected within a week but if there is no candidate with a majority win, a second round of elections will be held.

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ETHIOPIA STOPS THE EXPORT OF LABOUR

A ban by the Ethiopian government has come into effect stopping all export of the country's labour.

The Ethiopian government announced and enforced the ban which sees the cessation of the export of labour to regions such as the Persian Gulf.

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have sought employment outside of Africa.

Many of those who seek employment abroad are breadwinners and have many dependants in their home country.

As a result of numerous reports of ill-treatment of Ethiopian nationals, the government has banned all export of labour, a two-decade old occurrence.

Many Ethiopians are exposed to abuse, rape, and trafficking in the pursuit of work abroad.

In addition to consulate problems, the Ethiopian government are seeking to protect their citizens.

The ban, which has been enforced in the name of dignity, will remain until a solution is found.

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MAASAI TO COPYRIGHT THEIR NAME

The semi-nomadic Maasai people of Kenya and northern Tanzania have started the process of copyrighting their name.

After years of brands freely using the Maasai's name and culture, elders of the community have begun a process to protect their identity and intellectual property.

The Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative is in response to the realisation that their name, traditions, and culture have enormous commercial value and will look to protect the community from further exploitation.

They have also hired a lawyer and are travelling around the world in their campaign.

One example of the Maasai name and identity being used is the Louis Vuitton Masai range.

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