Venezuelan president’s attempt to co-opt the global hit for political purposes backfires with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee calling the use ‘illegal’

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s attempt to use Latin hit Despacito – which means “slowly” – to inject some cool into his controversial new congress has backfired quickly.

Maduro’s unpopular leftist government on Sunday promoted a remixed version of Despacito to encourage Venezuelans to vote for the Constituent Assembly, which will have powers to rewrite the national charter and supersede other institutions.

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