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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin has allegedly sent a request for more cash to cover his medical bills in Dubai.

Mr. Bagbin, who claims he travelled with four people on his recent trip, in less than a week after jetting out of the country, is said to have asked for an additional $50,000, having claimed $120,000 already, sources indicated.

With the latest request, Mr. Bagbin would have blown $170,000 on this current trip.

Information gleaned from the corridors of Parliament indicates that this is not the first time the Speaker is making such a request for extra money. According to a source, in July last year, when the Speaker made his first official trip to Dubai for his medical care, he went with spending money of $150,000, after which he demanded an additional $100,000, but Parliament was able to raise $90,000, bringing the total to $240,000.

Mr Bagbin’s trips to Dubai are making him the most expensive Speaker in the Fourth Republic, using the first 14 months of previous Speakers’ tenure as a yardstick.

The sources alleged that the Speaker stays in a four-bed suite in a hotel reserved for Presidents in Dubai.

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