Q&A: The Calculator

IOR talks to Ali Hama Salih, Kurdistan’s popular MP, and a rising star in the opposition Gorran party.
Q&A: The Calculator
Ali Hama Salih, known as "The Calculator" for his public questioning of KRG finances, is now a leading politician with the Gorran Movement. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

ERBIL - Before he polled 139,000 votes in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s Sept. 21 parliamentary elections, Ali Hama Salih was already famous.

Known as “The Calculator,” he hosted shows on KNN, a local TV network aligned with the opposition party, drawing viewers with line-item breakdowns of what he alleged to be corrupt deals over land, oil and Parliamentarian benefits.

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