PHNOM PENH - Hackers targeted the official Facebook page of Cambodia's premier Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 10) and falsely claimed he would cede several parliamentary seats, an official said, after the strongman swept last month's election virtually uncontested.
The long-serving leader's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) is expected to take all 125 spots in Parliament when official results are announced next week, cementing Cambodia's status as a one-party state.
But on Friday, hackers broke into Mr Hun Sen's official Facebook page and said the CPP would give away four seats to other parties, a ruling party spokesman confirmed to AFP.
The perplexing message was up for about an hour and got some 3,300 "likes" before it was removed.
"The news was fake," Mr Sok Eysan told AFP, confirming there are no plans to share seats with any other parties.
He said Mr Hun Sen's account was likely hacked by "opposition groups or traitors or outlawed rebels." The post claimed the seats would go to Funcinpec Party and the League for Democracy Party, both small political parties in Cambodia that took a slim margin of votes last month.