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Sam Kim – FOX News – Thursday, 31 January 2013 (originally published 28 Jan)

Aung San Suu Kyi poses by a painting of her father, Gen. Aung San

n this photo taken on Oct. 23, 2011, Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi poses by a painting of her father, Gen. Aung San, left, during an art exhibition at her National League for Democracy party headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi is scheduled to meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 during her five-day trip. The meeting between two of the most prominent woman figures in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi’s father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by a group of assassins in 1947 while Park’s, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979. Image: Khin Maun/AP Photo

SEOUL, South Korea – Both women lost their fathers to gunshots. Both also overcame that tragedy and rose to political prominence in countries where men dominate decision-making, buoyed in part by the legacies of their fathers.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader whose 2010 release from house arrest signalled the beginning of Myanmar’s transition from decades of military rule, met Tuesday in Seoul with Park Geun-hye, who takes office next month as South Korea’s first female president. Details were not immediately available.

The meeting between two of the most prominent women in Asia spotlights a tragic coincidence in their family history: Suu Kyi’s father, Gen. Aung San, was killed by assassins in 1947 while Park’s, President Park Chung-hee, was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979 . . .

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