Despite the huge optimism that ensued after Mubarak’s regime was toppled, it was not expected for the first Egyptian president who succeeded Mubarak to rule peacefully, even though he was quickly elected and even when all his opponents were satisfied with him.It seems that President Muhammad Mursi’s journey has been tougher than he had estimated. Some of the obstructions were caused by his rivals, but most of them were caused by him. The number of his rivals increased with time, involving people from all areas, from Cairo to Suez as well as all segments: Politicians, activists, media, security and military figures, youths from the revolution, liberals, Copts, academics, even Islamists, sports fans and bakers.How can any president run a state amid these mass complaints and confrontations?The president and his group paint the crisis as one caused by individuals from the old regime and a part of it is caused by foreign parties. Perhaps some of this is true. But it is obvious that most of the crisis is the result of Mursi’s policies that eliminated all other power centers. Mursi worked at a fast pace, aiming to impose his decisions despite his inability to understand the legal and bureaucratic rules of the state. He made his MPs write the constitution without taking into consideration the will of rest of the country. Thus he unleashed the gates of hell upon himself.He insisted to set a date for the parliamentary elections without caring about administrative and legislative procedures, so the court intervened against him. He thus retreated and became willing to hold the elections in next October - that is after he had rejected to wait half of that period. He had also sacked the attorney general and assigned another of his own choice, ignoring legal procedure. He did this although the attorney general post is a very crucial one. It is a post that can be used to chase and eliminate Mursi’s rivals, if a Mursi supporter assumes this post.The court ordered Mursi to reverse his decisions and commit to the law. However, he has not only confronted judges and politicians, he has also put himself in a big trouble with bakers! He wanted to control the price of bread so he targeted bakeries. He wanted to display his strength to football fans during the Port Said trail and he ended up being a part of the confrontation. Clashes during a Port Said game killed 71. Afterward, a court sentenced 21 people - supporters of the Port Said club - to death. The city’s residents were outraged and as a result 30 more were killed in new confrontations.Where did Mursi go wrong, especially when he had nothing to do with some incidents in the country?When Barack Obama became US president, the country was witnessing a serious economic crisis. It was the new president’s right to manage the crisis as he saw appropriate but he estimated that the situation was very serious so he decided to involve his rivals from the Republican Party in the work of parliamentary and presidential committees. So he overcame the country’s dangerous crisis by cooperating with the losing party.Mursi does not want cooperation from his rivals. But Egypt is going through a serious phase that requires cooperation among all governing parties. It is impossible for Mursi to bear all these terrible pressures and confront all these problems, whether new ones or inherited ones, without cooperating with all parties and without reassuring them that they are a part of the transitional phase - from Mubarak’s regime toward a new regime. His rivals are the means toward salvation amid a phase of conflicting parties, causes and requests which are impossible for him to confront alone no matter how legitimate he is and no matter what his capabilities are.The ruling party in Egypt seems arrogant. It deals with its rivals with a sense of superiority and it thinks it has the right to absolute power. It even desires to dominate the authorities that, in the democratic system, do not fall under its jurisdiction and are considered independent authorities like the parliamentary assemblies, the judiciary and the media. In the end, it will fail. And after that it will seek its rivals’ help. In this case, no one will be able to save the party which is drowning in crises. Why is Mursi leading his governance, party and followers down this rough road when he is not expected to?                –Arab News