Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday denied that he formed all political parties to contest the upcoming election.
The National Election Committee on Monday officially recognised 16 political parties to contest the upcoming national election while extending a five-day window to review documents from four remaining parties.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh today, Mr Hun Sen said that all political parties had equal rights to participate in the July election.
“Some people think those parties are created by Hun Sen. They seem to look down on other political parties,” Mr Hun Sen said.
“They have also called those political parties firefly parties,” he said in response to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy who called the 19 parties firefly.
Mr Hun Sen also called on the public to maintain peace to ensure development and multi-party democracy in the Kingdom.