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TGB, the man to watch in Indonesian politics

Islamic scholar-turned-politician touted as Jokowi's running mate

Indonesians know him as TGB, which stands for Tuan Guru Bajang, a twist on the Islamic title for master teacher, and usually conferred on senior religious figures.

Bajang, in this case, means young in Sasak, a language in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara , where the Islamic scholar-turned-politician was born and raised.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'TGB, the man to watch in Indonesian politics'. Print Edition | Subscribe