Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed to let two foreigners join a panel monitoring forthcoming parliamentary elections, reversing an earlier decision.
Last month, Mr Karzai signed a decree letting him appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission.
But he came under fire for what some saw as a bid to control a body which stripped nearly a third of his votes in last year's fraud-tainted election.
Mr Karzai was declared the eventual victor after his opponent dropped out.
A spokesperson says Mr Karzai will now accept some foreigners on the body, because the nation is in a transitional phase to democracy.