Decades late but better late than never! It also proves that the political landscape in South America is definetly changing and definetly in a leftward movement.
He has already said that he wants to have ties to the US but not "a relationship of submission". He could be facing a number of disagreements with Washington already however as he is an admirer of Fidel Castro, wants to legalise Coca-growing (for tradition uses not for cocaine production) and wants a fairer share of the foreign oil and gas exports to be retained for Bolivians - all three of which will not please the US.
Leftist Claims Victory in Bolivia (BBC News Online; Monday 19th December 2005)