Prime Minister Hun Sen has officially endorsed a Facebook page bearing his name that, although long thought to represent his views, has remained unverified since its creation in 2010.
The account has been used to promote Cambodia to tourists, offer public service advice and rip into the opposition.
“The cabinet would like to affirm the official Facebook account of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo [is] named, Samdech Hun Sen, Cambodian Prime Minister,” read a statement from Hun Sen’s office.
Hun Sen, who once proclaimed himself an “e-premier” while deriding technologically inept public officials, has denied having an account on Facebook, Cambodia’s most-used social media platform.
Posts on the page, which in August surpassed 1 million “likes”, have often been tentatively attributed to the Prime Minister in the past, causing confusion.
Sometimes filled with benign postings about Cambodia’s tourist attractions or snaps of Hun Sen shaking hands with world leaders, the now-official Facebook profile has also been used to deliver advice and warnings, from the dangers of drugs and gambling to the menace of “colour revolutions”.
“In order to protect the security and stability in society, all types of armed forces have to ensure to curb, to absolutely curb a colour revolution, at whatever price,” a July 23 post on Hun Sens page read.
However, unsurprisingly, the biggest target of Hun Sen on Facebook has been the Cambodian People Party’s political rivals, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, and his opposition counterpart Sam Rainsy, who made a point of celebrating his surpassing of 1 million likes months before the premier.