KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 25 -- Malaysia's 10th prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will have a difficult first task of assembling a Cabinet from his diverse "National Unity" government that would last the full term of the 15th Parliament, said analysts.

With Anwar's Pakatan Harapan short of the 112 lawmakers needed for the simplest of majorities in the 222-seat Parliament, he has had to enlist both Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Parti Sarawak, both rival coalitions with differing ideologies and even manifestos.

He will need to satisfy them in terms of the quantity and quality of portfolios in return for their support, all while avoiding an inflated Cabinet for which his predecessors had been criticised.

"The Anwar administration needs to ...