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Andreas Tsipas was a Slavomacedonian communist who served as Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

Tsipas was born in 1904 near Florina, Macedonia, Greece. He was a rural worker who joined the Communist Party of Greece in the 1920s. In 1934, he became a member of the party's Central Committee. He was jailed during the regime of Ioannis Metaxas but was released in 1941, after a request was made by the Bulgarian Embassy, to the German authorities, for the release of all Slavomacedonians whom they viewed as Bulgarians. Tsipas was elected Secretary General of the KKE in July of that same year, replacing Nikos Zachariadis who, at that time, was interred in Dachau.

Tsipas' tenure as Secretary General only lasted until September 1941 due to "political unreliability". One account claims that after running up a bill in a bar, he sent the barman to the secret meeting place of the politburo, where someone was expected to pay his bill. In addition, he was never able to justify an eight-month trip to Sofia to the satisfaction of the party.

Tsipas fought in the Democratic Army of Greece (DSE) during the Greek Civil War. After the defeat of the DSE, he lived in Monastir in the Yugoslav republic of "Macedonia". He died there in 1956.