The new president's shortlist includes cronies of disgraced dictator Suharto The dozens of candidates from across the political spectrum that Indonesia's president-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has interviewed for his cabinet indicate Indonesia's next government will be one of compromise rather than strength. But analysts say they are concerned that Dr Susilo's election promise to act swiftly against corruption might be curtailed because several of those being considered were closely associated with governments of disgraced former dictator Suharto. Australian analyst Greg Fealy said Indonesians had put a huge burden of expectation on their new leader, and delivering on promises to rid the country of endemic corruption and cut massive unemployment would be his biggest challenges. 'Appointing a cabinet of compromise would indicate he doesn't want to create political enemies,' Dr Fealy, of the Australian National University, said. 'The quickest way to create enemies is to have an anti-corruption drive because there's no one in the senior levels of Indonesian politics who is not in some way corrupt. That can create strong backlashes.' Appointing an attorney-general willing to take on the bureaucracy was the only way to deal with corruption head-on, he said - but only one such person had been chosen since Suharto's downfall in 1998 and he had lasted only a short time in office. With corruption so endemic, Dr Fealy said it was difficult to see how foreign investors could be attracted to bring jobs to the estimated 50 million people out of work. Other observers agreed, believing that Dr Susilo was in no position politically to be able to make the decisions that needed to be taken. His cabinet, to be unveiled tomorrow afternoon hours after his swearing-in, would reveal the true colours of his situation. According to University of Indonesia political scientist Salim Said, Dr Susilo's government would perform better than that of his predecessor, Megawati Sukarnoputri, but only time would tell by how much. With his political party commanding less than 10 per cent of the 550 seats in parliament, criticism was already surfacing from groups which helped him win the presidency. 'I'm afraid difficult times are ahead, especially as there are two blocs in parliament - one consisting of Megawati's PDI-P and Suharto's former party, Golkar, and the assortment of small parties which backed Yudhoyono,' said Dr Said. 'If there are already problems in putting together the cabinet, you can imagine how hard it will be for him to deal with the parliament.' Vedi Hadiz, a sociologist at the National University of Singapore, said Dr Susilo would try to deal with the dilemma by appointing those he was unable to find cabinet posts to advisory committees. 'But there are only a certain number of seats and a lot of people with a claim. It's going to be a fairly controversial process in terms of dividing up the pie.' But analysts believe security and the rebel provinces of Aceh and Papua would be handled better by Dr Susilo because of his military background. Dr Fealy said foreign policy would also be handled more sensitively. Relations with Australia and the US, often rocky under Ms Megawati's leadership, would be more stable. 'He'll realise that... he needs to get capital flowing back into Indonesia,' Dr Fealy said.