Iraq's vote key test for a democracy in progress

Dr. Raya Jabur displays her inked finger after casting her vote at Al-Fayha hospital in Basra, Iraq, Thursday, March 4, 2010. Early voting in Iraq for detainees, hospital patients and military and security personnel is taking place Thursday, ahead of the parliamentary elections on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

March 6, 2010 2:13:17 PM PST
Billed as a key test of Iraq's nascent democracy, Iraqis fear Sunday's parliamentary election will lead to a protracted period of uncertainty as the winners and losers try to cobble together a new government - even as American forces prepare to go home.