Cambodia opposition leader fined for fake Facebook ‘likes’ jibe

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was fined in absentia on Tuesday for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of having fake Facebook page "likes", the latest government case against the opposition before a general election in 2018. Hun Sen is taking a belated leap into the digital age in a bid to court young, urban voters ahead of the election, tipped to be the biggest test of his three-decade rule. Hun Sen's Facebook page has surged to over six million likes, comparing to Sam Rainsy's 3.3 million, after he embraced the platform following almost losing a 2013 election when the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) won a surge of support online.

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