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All in the family: What many Asian female leaders share (PHOTOS)

As Park Geun-hye, daughter of South Korean autocrat Park Chung-hee, takes office, we look at other Asian leaders who keep politics in the family.

All in the family: What many Asian female leaders share (PHOTOS)

SEOUL — As Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea's first female leader, she joins a string of powerful female Asian politicians who have kept it in the family, following their fathers or husbands or preceding their sons into the realm of public service. 

"Park Geun-hye's rise closely follows a pattern in male-dominated Asia of the daughters and husbands of national figureheads becoming powerful through association," GlobalPost's East Asia correspondent Geoffrey Cain points out.

"What's interesting is that all their fathers and brothers were once considered national heroes but later assassinated or exiled somehow."

From Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of killed Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San, to Indonesia's Megawati Sukarnoputri, daughter of the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno, here are six female politicians who have made political office a family affair.