The 2005 Iraqi Constitution allows regions and provinces to form their own federal entity within Iraq and establish their own procedures and rules.
Basra Gov. Mohammad Musbah al-Waili and Iraqi Member of Parliament Wail Abdul Latif gathered thousands of signatures from citizens and tribal leaders in southern Iraq in support of a federalized region, Gulf News said.
Both leaders said a federalized Basra would increase the availability of funds from oil revenue for the region rather than "begging the government for funds."
Shiite lawmakers have pushed for a federalized Iraqi with northern, central and southern governorates. Sunnis oppose the measure, in part because their central region of the country lacks the natural resources of their Shiite counterparts.