UNSUCCESSFUL presidential candidate and independent MP Radoslav Procházka presented his new party, called Sieť (the Network), in Prešov on April 26.

Procházka explained the party’s name from three viewpoints.

“A network as a community of determined and skilled people from all corners of Slovakia who want to support these regions by their active involvement and by paying attention to their needs,” Procházka explained, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “The network should be a solid community.”

The name Network also reflects the internal structure of the new party, which will be based in 28 local headquarters located in the 12 largest towns, plus 16 natural Slovak regions.

“The name is also a metaphor for our understanding of the state, which should not be a suffocating heavy cloth that prevents one from moving, but should instead be a network of help and protection for those who have been caught in need,” Procházka said.

He declined to say whether his party will be a typical right-wing party, saying he does not know who represents a traditional rightist party in Slovakia nowadays.

“We promote a simple and functioning state that does not tell its people how they should live,” Procházka said, as quoted by TASR. “It should not suffocate and bully them; it should provide them with enough scope instead. You may define it however you want, but we are a centre-right [party].”

The new party is designed to be a counterweight to the governing Smer, stated Procházka. He also said he wants to lure young people who know what the regions where they live are missing to become members, the SITA newswire wrote.

Procházka and his people have started a petition to register the party (under Slovak law, 10,000 signatures are needed).

The Network will vie for votes for the first time in the autumn municipal elections, the new party’s leader added.