23 Nov '16, 7am

South Korea's presidential office explains Viagra purchase in bizarre turn of political scandal

SEOUL (AFP, REUTERS) - A scandal over South Korean President Park Geun Hye's shadowy confidante took an even more bizarre turn on Wednesday (Nov 23) when Ms Park's office was forced to explain a mass purchase of Viagra. The revelations about Ms Park's decades-long ties with close friend Choi Soon Sil and with Choi's father - the late founder of a cult-like religious group - have sparked huge media interest in the president's personal life. On Tuesday, an opposition party lawmaker revealed that Ms Park's office last year bought hundreds of pills which can treat erectile dysfunction, including Viagra and the generic version of the drug. The presidential Blue House bought 364 pills in December, including 60 blue Viagra pills and the rest a generic version of the drug, according to the Democratic Party MP, Mr Kim Sang Hee. As the revelation sparked a media frenzy, Ms Park's sp...

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