Indonesian President Joko Widodo failed to finalize his cabinet on Wednesday after the country's anti-corruption agency rejected eight candidates, underlining the challenge he faces in fulfilling election promises of a government free from graft.
The first Indonesian leader from outside the political or military elite has tried to steer clear of the traditional trading of cabinet posts for political support, aiming for a ministerial team dominated by professional technocrats.
Sworn in on Monday amid hopes of a new direction in politics, Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, took the unprecedented step of submitting his list of ministerial candidates to anti-corruption agencies for vetting before announcing the team.
The move is likely to prove popular with the public in the world's third-largest democracy, but it also threatens to undermine a political coalition that already looks weak because it does not have a majority in parliament.
A news conference at which the former Jakarta governor was expected to unveil his cabinet at the capital city's main port was cancelled at the last minute late on Wednesday.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said later that he believed the cabinet would be named this week.
"The KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) notes and recommendations are being taken very seriously," Kalla told MetroTV in an interview. "Since the (election) campaign, Jokowi has promised that this cabinet has to be clean."
Earlier in the day, Widodo had declined to identify which candidates the anti-graft agency had flagged as problematic.