London teacher takes up job as Somalia’s deputy prime minister.

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A teacher stunned his colleagues at a north London school when he resigned from his post in order to take up a new role – as the deputy prime minister of Somalia.

Mohamed Ibrahim, had been working as a learning support teacher at the Newman Catholic College in Brent for two years and had been due back at work last week for the beginning of the new term.

But instead he contacted headmaster, Richard Kolka, informing him that he was unable to come to work as he had to return his native Somalia in order to take up a senior role in the Western backed transitional government.

The 64-year-old, who until recently was helping prepare British teenagers for their GCSEs and A’Levels is now operating as the African country’s deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991 and the Transitional Federal Government controls only a small part of the country

The new cabinet was announced in July and Mr Ibrahim was asked if he could return to Somalia immediately to take up his post.

In his resignation email, Mr Ibrahim apologised to the headmaster and explained that he had unexpectedly been recalled to his home country to take on an important role within the new government.

He explained: “I was unexpectedly called to my country during the summer holidays at a time when the country is facing a humanitarian crisis such as drought and famine.

“I will always have Newman Catholic College in my heart and won’t forget the wonderful colleagues.”

Mr Kolka said he was stunned to discover he had been employing someone who was such an important figure in their own country.

He said: “I was both amazed and awestruck. What an honour, but also what a responsibility.”

He said Mr Ibrahim had given no indication that he was involved with the political life of his native country.

“He was always such a humble guy. I got the impression he was well respected by the boys and their Somali parents, but I did not see this coming. I was gobsmacked,” he said.

“I had absolutely no idea he was involved in the political life of his country, let alone at such a high and important level,” he added.

Given the unique circumstances, Mr Kolka, said normal resignation protocols and standard notice periods had been waived in order to allow Mr Ibrahim get straight on with the job of helping to rebuild Somalia.

Since taking up his government job, Mr Ibrahim has been taking a lead role in helping to combat the devastating drought and famine that has gripped the Horn of Africa.

The former teacher has promised he will return to Newman Catholic College for a visit when he passes through London after attending a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of this month.

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