The Portuguese government has called for the rapid restoration of normality and constitutional order in Gabon, saying it is monitoring “the situation in the country”, where a military coup has been underway since this morning. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), through the Portuguese Embassy in São Tomé and Príncipe, which has Gabon in its area of jurisdiction, is monitoring the situation in the country and has been in contact with some of the nationals residing there,” the government announced in a statement released by the Palácio das Necessidades (Palace of Necessities – the location of the MFA) in Lisbon. “Travel to Gabon is discouraged, and residents in the country are also urged to maintain a vigilant attitude and return to their homes, as can be read in the advice to travellers on the MNE’s Communities Portal,” the statement continues. According to the MFA, “around 50 Portuguese nationals are registered at that consular post and so far there have been no requests for help to leave the country”. Gabon has been facing a military coup since following the results of elections held last Saturday 26th, according to which President Ali Bongo Ondimba would remain in power, continuing 55 years of rule by his family, writes Lusa.