Pictures of Ali Khamenei during the war


Finally, 45 members voted against the leadership council proposal while more than 20 people were in favor of it and the proposal was rejected. After the assembly rejected the idea of a Leadership Council, Khamenei was elected Leader by 60 of the 74 members present with Grand Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Golpaygani receiving the remaining 14 votes. Khamenei made protestations of his unworthiness — “my nomination should make us all cry tears of blood” and debated with the mujtahids of the Assembly—but eventually accepted the post.