Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski announced on Tuesday on social media that his request for political asylum was approved by Hungarian authorities.
Hungary, he wrote, has responded positively to his application on political asylum.
"I have notified it in my application that I am seeking asylum due to being a subject of ruling SDSM-led political prosecution in Macedonia. I have also pointed out the incumbent government wished to put me in prison by abusing Macedonia's judiciary," said Gruevski.
In response, the Macedonian government said in a statement that Gruevski was convicted in a public and transparent process.
"Gruevski was never politically persecuted. No life threats are evident nor there is a government institution which has threatened his life," read the Macedonian government statement.
The Macedonian government expected Budapest to unconditionally accept the extradition request and to allow Gruevski's return in Macedonia in order to serve his sentence and to be held responsible for the remaining acts that he is accused of, it said.
Hungary's decision came one day after the Macedonian foreign ministry summoned Hungary's ambassador to Skopje, and demanded Budapest reject Gruevski's application.
The oreign ministry said in a statement on Monday that Macedonian State Secretary Viktor Dimovski handed over a "note of protest" to Duks, following Gruevski's escape to Hungary earlier this month to avoid prison time.
On Nov. 13, Macedonia confirmed that Gruevski had fled to Hungary.
Also on Tuesday, the Macedonian justice ministry lodged a request for the extradition of Gruevski to the Hungarian side.
On Oct. 5, a Macedonian court found Gruevski guilty of acquiring personal gain and influencing officials in purchasing a new Mercedes vehicle in 2012 for more than 600,000 euros (681,000 U.S. dollars) and sentenced him to two-year imprisonment for the case codenamed "Tank".
Gruevski had appealed over the jail term, but the Macedonian Criminal Council rejected it on Nov. 9.
Gruevski was prime minister from 2006 to 2016, representing the right-wing VMRO-DPMNE party in Macedonia. Enditem