Teacher quits job at school for ruling role in Somalia
Published 09/09/2011 | 05:00
A UK-based teacher has shocked colleagues by resigning and returning to Somalia to become deputy prime minister.
Mohamed Ibrahim had been working as a learning support teacher at the Newman Catholic College in Brent, north London, for two years and was due back at work last week for the beginning of the new term.
Instead he contacted the headmaster, Richard Kolka, informing him that he had to return his native Somalia to take up a senior role in the Western-backed transitional government.
The 64-year-old, who until recently was helping pupils prepare for their GCSEs and A-levels, is now Somalia's deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs.
Somalia has been without an effective government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.
The Transitional Federal Government controls only a small part of the country, which is suffering from severe drought and famine.
The new cabinet was announced in July and Mr Ibrahim was asked if he could return to the Horn of Africa immediately to take up his post.
In his resignation email, Mr Ibrahim apologised to Mr Kolka and said he had been recalled to his home country to take on an important role within the new government. (© Daily Telegraph, London)