ASHGABAT - Turkmenis-tan’s strongman president serenaded guests with a folk tune played on a synthesizer Friday as he was sworn in for a second term after winning over 97 percent of the vote in elections. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised a “beautiful future” for his isolated but energy-rich ex-Soviet state at a lavish ceremony which culminated in the president being shown playing a popular folk song on a big screen. “We will go hand in hand together to realise the tasks for our Fatherland and together walk into a beautiful future,” he said in his inauguration speech to 3,000 dignitaries at the Palace of the Soviets in Ashgabat.