Venezuelan President Repurposes 'Despacito' Ahead Of Sunday Vote

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"Despacito" means "slowly" in Spanish, but the song's swift rise to the top has been fantastic.

"Despacito", the worldwide hit from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee which just last week was touted as the most-streamed song to date, has now become the subject of a surprise appropriation by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

On Sunday, Maduro released a remix of "Despacito" with lyrics that promoted his goal to change the country's constitution, with what seems to be an eye to change law to extend his own term.

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He added that, while online there were now various versions of the tune - one remix of which features vocals by Justin Bieber - "there has to be a limit".

"What can you expect?" he wrote, "Of a person who has stolen so many lives from young dreamers".

The original version by the Puerto Rican artists Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was already a Latin-market hit; Bieber's remix gave it an global boost and beat the record he'd previously set with 2015's "Sorry", which logged 4.38 billion plays. That's when Venezuelans will decide who will represent them in the country's Constituent Assembly and eventually rewrite the constitution.

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The previous song to hold the title was Bieber's single "Sorry" and its associated remixes, which to date have accumulated 4.38 billion plays since 2015.

"My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, not to be used as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of a people who are crying out for their freedom", he continued. "You dictatorial regime is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but also for the whole world".

Protests intensified in May after Maduro called for a rewrite of the country's constitution in a bid to control the ongoing protests against his government.

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But opposition leaders fear that the president's move towards a constitutional shake-up would delay this year's regional elections and next year's presidential election.

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