Iran said Friday that it hoped the death of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi would lead to a new political era in Libya, official news agency IRNA reported.

"Iran hopes that with the end of the black dictatorship era of Gadhafi, the way will be paved for a new political era, formation of a national government in Libya and establishment of stability," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a statement on IRNA.

"After this incident, there will also be no further excuse for foreign countries' interference in Libya, and the Libyans should be allowed to decide about their own political fate," the Iranian spokesman added.

Gadhafi was killed Thursday in his hometown of Sirte from gunshot wounds to the head and stomach he sustained during crossfire between interim government fighters and his own supporters after he had been captured, medical sources said.

His 42-year rule of the North African country ended with the success of a popular revolution that began in February, aided by a NATO air campaign against pro-Gadhafi forces.
Mehmanparast offered Libya's new leaders Iranian assistance in their country's reconstruction.