Several analysts and opposition figures in Afghanistan say the UN's decision to fire Peter Galbraith for urging a harder line on election fraud affirms popular fears that it is the international community calling the shots on who wins.
Afghan leaders say any effort that doesn't address election fraud and corrupt officials will fail.
Amid likely vote fraud, some experts now call for a coalition government or a return to the tribal system to clear the impasse.
The EU's monitor for Afghanistan election suggests that 1.1 million of the incumbent president's votes must be investigated.
The Electoral Complaints Commission says it found evidence of fraud at 10 percent of polling stations. A recount will prolong the country’s political uncertainty.
The assassination of a high-ranking official underscores the strength of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Paris meeting today was seen as an effort to pressure incumbent President Hamid Karzai amid the review of more than 1,000 complaints of voting fraud.
Though many Afghan citizens and politicians are alleging fraud, analysts say getting to the bottom of what happened is a difficult exercise.